obscenity

Burger’s birthday: his rulings shaped First Amendment law

Today, Constitution Day, is also the birthday of former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger, whose Court was actively engaged in First Amendment law. Burger, born Sept. 17, 1907,
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40 years ago, a ruling that still rings today

On June 7, 1971, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision that has reverberated in free-speech law for 40 years.
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William O. Douglas: ardent First Amendment defender

No justice in Supreme Court history has ever showed a stronger commitment to freedom of speech than William O. Douglas, who served on the Court for a record 36-plus years.
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Obscenity online: Do we need a national standard?

How do we — and our courts — define what’s obscene online and therefore not protected by the First Amendment? Do we use a national standard in such cases, avoiding
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Federal judge: State can prohibit profanity on public highways

A North Carolina law prohibiting “profane” or “indecent” language on public highways does not violate the First Amendment, a federal judge ruled recently in the case of an intoxicated individual who yelled at police officers.
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