U.S. Supreme Court

Women Defendants Contributed Mightily to First Amendment Jurisprudence

Court

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of ratification of the 19th Amendment, we should also remember the courageous female defendants who often faced persecution, ostracism and scorn, merely for holding dissident political views.
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Federal Appeals Court Grants Qualified Immunity to University Officials, Denies Medical Student’s First Amendment Claim for Punishment Over Social Media Post

Facebook Post Feature

A previous U.S. Supreme Court’s qualified immunity decision, continues to do significant damage in First Amendment jurisprudence. In this case, regards to punishing a university student for an off-campus Facebook post.
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Long Before Trump Complained About Libel Laws, President Teddy Roosevelt Was Sued for Libel

Gavel Feature

President Trump has said the nation’s libel laws need to be “opened up” to make it easier for public officials like himself to undertake libel lawsuits, though it did not keep him from criticizing his enemies or attacking libel laws since then.
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A ‘More Modest’ Approach: Making Lemonade Without Lemon

Peace Cross

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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Let’s Get ‘Mad as Hell’ About the Vital Information We Won’t Get to See

FOIA, stock

A democratic republic based in the ultimate authority of an informed electorate requires the highest degree of government transparency.
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John Paul Stevens Had ‘Indelible” Commitment to First Amendment

U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Steven

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who served nearly 35 years on the court, left an indelible mark on many areas of First Amendment jurisprudence. 
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Then and Now, Flag Burner Benefits From 1989 First Amendment Ruling

United States Flag

Thirty years ago, the Supreme Court handed down a landmark free speech decision, ruling that burning the U.S. flag was a form of “expressive conduct.”
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When Is a Religious Symbol Not a Religious Symbol?

Religions

The Supreme Court case that explores whether courts or government agencies are competent to adjudicate what is religious and what is not.
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An Anything Goes Approach to Trademarks: The FUCT Clothing Line

AP, FUCT,

Lack of a trademark does not stop clothing manufacturers from using a brand name such as “FUCT,” but does deny certain benefits, such as protection from imitators.
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50 Years Ago, the Court Enters the True Threats Thicket in Watts v. United States

speech, protest

The case should be celebrated for emphasizing the importance of politically charged advocacy and ensuring that such advocacies are not misconstrued as true threats.
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