Speech Commentary

Tweeting — and setting the nation’s ‘chat agenda’

Inside the First Amendment

From Sean Penn and the Oscars to Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly at their cable TV perches, and with a dash of national security issues for good measure, we’re “all atwitter” — literally.
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A tough question: Just how ‘Je Suis Charlie’ to be?

Je Suis Charlie

After one week, a tough question already is being asked: Just how “JeSuisCharlie” (I am Charlie) should we be?
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Sure, you can say that – but please don’t

Inside the First Amendment

A growing number of sites are doing away with comments on some or all of their online offerings – exhausted, disgusted or repelled by the likelihood that the posts quickly will deteriorate into a morass of vulgarity, obscenity, racism or just plain old irrelevance.
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Free Speech can be shield or sword, as Cosby furor shows

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby’s career has been deeply rooted in the possibilities and protections provided by freedom of speech.
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What’s in a (team) name? Controversy, to be sure

Newseum NOW!

In the past year or so, both public criticism and legal opposition has ramped up, comparing the team nickname to the “N-word” or other racial epithets. A number of news media outlets and individual reporters, columnists and broadcasters have declared they no longer will use the word.
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Telling the police to f*** off: risky First Amendment business

Regardless of whether those “basturds” are inglorious or otherwise, who among us hasn’t wanted, at one time or another, to utter similar stinging sentiments, perhaps in a hasty fit of rage or simply after getting pulled over in a speed trap?
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Cannibal Cop: freedom for thoughts, fantasies we hate

By Clay Calvert Ruling that throws out conviction of police officer for conspiracy to commit kidnapping on basis of grisly online posts strikes blow against dangerous notion of ‘thought crimes.’
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The high stakes for short messages

Parody twitter accounts deserve the full protection of the First Amendment.
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Thomas again calls for overruling of Buckley v. Valeo

Justice Clarence Thomas asserts that giving money to a political campaign constitutes core political speech that’s protected by the First Amendment.
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A ‘flash’ of insight on just how free is our free speech

Case involving flashing headlights to warn motorists of speed traps reminds us that government can’t override our free speech without good reason rooted in law.
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