The Knight First Amendment Institute recently filed a lawsuit against President Trump alleging that he violated the First Amendment when he blocked seven Twitter users from following his account after they criticized his administration and its policies. The suit argued that Trump’s social media account is a “public forum” under the First Amendment and thus … Continue reading NEWSFLASH! 7/8-8/5
A California lawmaker has introduced a bill prohibiting a person or entity from “knowingly or recklessly distributing deceptive audio or visual media of [a political candidate] with the intent to injure the candidate’s reputation or to deceive a voter into voting for or against the candidate.” The proposed law comes in response to the increased … Continue reading NEWSFLASH! 6/24-7/8
In a landmark decision handed down last week, the Supreme Court ruled that a 40-foot Christian cross located on public land in Bladensburg, Maryland does not violate the separation of church and state. The 7-2 Court was highly fractured in its ruling; five concurring opinions were written. Justice Alito, writing for the plurality, argued that … Continue reading NEWSFLASH! 6/10-6/24
We're nearing the first day of summer! Here is some First Amendment news to begin the new season! As was noted in an earlier Newsflash!, a family bakery in Oberlin, Ohio brought a libel lawsuit against Oberlin College earlier this year. An altercation between one of the bakery’s white employees and a black patron resulted … Continue reading NEWSFLASH! 5/27-6/10
Happy Monday! Here is your latest First Amendment News! The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against Department of Homeland Security alleging that border agents are warrantlessly searching travelers’ electronic devices in violation of their Fourth and First Amendment rights. In a motion for summary judgement, the organization claims that such searches have the potential to chill speech because … Continue reading NEWSFLASH! 4/29-5/13
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Hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday! Here is the latest First Amendment news! Donald Trump Beats Lawsuit Over Hacked DNC Emails Despite Losing First Amendment Argument The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit ruled that a police officer cannot pull over a driver for inappropriate gestures. North Carolina’s newly elected sheriff’s are … Continue reading Newsflash!
Happy Monday!! Here is your latest First Amendment news!! Don't forget to check out the publication of our fall issue at https://firstamendmentlawreview.org/volume-17/ The Newseum's 74-foot-tall, 50-ton marble First Amendment tablet will be coming down and accompanying the museum to a new location. One man's attempt to get his last name on his license plate has … Continue reading Newflash!
Happy post-Super Bowl Monday! Here is your latest First Amendment news! Edmonds bakery owner, Ken Bellingham, unapologizes for designing and selling "Build the Wall" cookies. FDA crackdown on labeling Almond Milk as 'Milk" could violate the First Amendment A federal magistrate judge this week recommended that a ban on conversion therapy in Tampa, be partially … Continue reading Newsflash!!
Happy MLK Day!! Here is the latest First Amendment News! Top Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature violated the First Amendment when they blocked a liberal advocacy group from seeing their Twitter feeds, a federal judge The Women’s March kicked off Saturday in Washington, D.C., shortly after leaders released a sweeping policy document that includes opposition … Continue reading NEWSFLASH!