U.S. Court of Appeals

Federal Appeals Court: Plaintiffs Lack Standing to Challenge Removal of Confederate Monuments

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The Sons of Confederate Veterans and concerned individuals lacked standing to pursue their First Amendment claims over the removal of Confederate monuments in Texas.
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Federal Appeals Court Holds that Provision in PLRA Does Not Violate the ‘Breathing Space’ Principle

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A federal appeals court ruled a three-strikes provision of the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) does not violate the First Amendment nor infringe on the “breathing space” principle.
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Part of prisoner’s lawsuit over restrictive mail policy allowed to proceed

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In an Arkansas inmate’s lawsuit, he alleges that the three page mail restriction violates the First Amendment.
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Freedom of Religion and Worshiping in Texas Prisons Brown v. Collier (2019)

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Muslim inmates who were previously allowed to participate in group worship under indirect supervision must now await volunteers to facilitate directly supervised religious gatherings.
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A ‘More Modest’ Approach: Making Lemonade Without Lemon

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A recent court case deliberated over the deconstruction of the Bladensburg Cross due to citizens regarding it to be offending rather then a memorial honoring WW1 soldiers.
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Qualified Immunity Once Again Protects Prison Officials

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A recent decision from a U.S. Court of Appeals rejected two First Amendment claims by an inmate based on qualified immunity.
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Supreme Court to consider ‘association rights’ of public workers

If the Court adopts the rationale of the 3rd Circuit in the Heffernan v. City of Paterson case, more than 22 million public employees nationwide could be fired or demoted merely if their bosses mistakenly perceive them to be affiliated with different political campaigns.
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Court Finds First Amendment Problems with Ban on Unattended, Charitable Bins

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Imposing a ban on outdoor, unattended charitable donation bins likely violates the First Amendment, a federal appeals court has ruled, in a battle between Planet Aid and officials in St. Johns, Mich.
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Why 3rd Circuit ruled in favor of students’ off-campus Net posts

The much-anticipated rulings from the full 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals have interpreted a key U.S. Supreme Court precedent as inapplicable to lewd, vulgar student Internet speech made off
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5th Circuit extends limits on student speech

When the U.S. Supreme Court in June decided Morse v. Frederick, reasons existed for believing the ruling would not significantly restrict the rights of student speakers. The decision upholding the
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