Newsflash 09/05 – 09/24

Happy Monday Morning!! Hope everyone had a relaxing weekend to begin the fall season! Here is your latest First Amendment news to enjoy while sipping that Pumpkin Spice Latte!

The U.S. Court of Appeals says the city of Nashville violated the First Amendment rights of preachers at a 2015 LGBT pride festival.

Arguing that the measures would violate First Amendment rights, an attorney for two plaintiffs urged the Florida Supreme Court on Friday to uphold a lower-court ruling that would block three proposed constitutional amendments from going before voters in November.

The Bill Cosby retrial judge weighs whether or not to make the jurors’ names public. Lawyers for The Associated Press and other news outlets cited a longstanding Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that juror names should be made public under the First Amendment.

State and Government authorities in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Rhode Island placed a ban on Nike products being purchased or used by its local government after Nike’s decision to employ former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in an ad campaign. The ACLU says that “”government efforts to boycott a company based on hostility to its political expression violate the First Amendment.”

Plaintiff, a Muslim inmate, alleged prison officials violated his rights under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause by denying him a Muslim meal.

A California based First Amendment group, First Amendment Coalition (FAC) filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleging that the Justice Department had violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by withholding documents related to the seizure of a New York Times reporter’s email and phone records.

Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that a New Orleans city ordinance restricting the sale of art by street vendors violates the First Amendment.

Prison Legal News filed a petition last week asking the Supreme Court to take up a challenge to Florida Department of Corrections decisions that have prevented inmates from receiving the publication since 2009. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in May sided with the department, which argues that advertisements in Prison Legal News pose security risks.


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