U.S. Supreme Court

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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Roscoe Jones – First Amendment Hero

This African-American Jehovah Witness preacher had the temerity to travel all across the Southeast promoting his religious faith even in all-white areas.
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Bible Literacy or Bible Wars?


Yes, Mr. President, biblical literacy can be part of a public school education – if, and only if, schools are prepared to do it right under the First Amendment.
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Times-Palin ruling good for free speech, press

Sarah Palin

The court’s decision upholds First Amendment laws that protect not only journalists, but also members of the public who express political opinions.
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Speaks About Her New Book at Newseum Institute Event

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

She and three other presenters covered her “greatest hits” over the course of her legal career.
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Newseum to host mock court case Pear v. United States on June 15

Pear v. United States

Join us as the issues involved in the Apple cellphone controversy are argued before a mock U.S. Supreme Court.
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Justice Breyer Holds Court at the Newseum

NBC News Justice correspondent Pete Williams and associate justice Stephen Breyer

Associate justice Stephen Breyer discussed the current challenges for the Supreme Court at a special program Feb. 25 at the Newseum.
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Justice Scalia’s disastrous decision on religious freedom

Justice Scalia was no defender of religious freedom. On the contrary, Scalia authored Employment Division v. Smith, the landmark 1990 Supreme Court decision that all but erased the Free Exercise clause from the First Amendment.
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Justice Scalia: The 45 words — and original meaning — of the First Amendment

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Scalia, 79, who died Saturday, was a proud and most-recent Supreme Court advocate of “textual originalism” throughout his legal career and three-decade tenure as a justice.
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Debate over ‘blue collar’ free speech and union dues

The immediate issue before the court has to do with whether a public employee, non-union member still must pay a “fair share” of dues to the union that negotiates wages and benefits that all workers enjoy.
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