Packingham v. North Carolina: Court Protects Sex Offenders First Amendment Rights to the Internet.

By: Alison J. Rossi Early in summer of 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously ruled that a North Carolina law that banned convicted sex offenders from accessing or using social media websites was unconstitutional. In Packinham v. North Carolina, the Court ruled North Carolina’s law violated the First Amendment. This case has … Continue reading Packingham v. North Carolina: Court Protects Sex Offenders First Amendment Rights to the Internet.

First Amendment Newsflash 7/9-7/23

Photo courtesy of Yelp Inc. Federal News: Judge Carol Bagley Amon of the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York held anti-abortion protesters outside the Choices Women’s Medical Center in Jamaica, Queens Clinic did not harass patients. Dr. Seuss’ estate lost appeal to block Raunchy Dr. Seuss ‘Who’s Holiday!’ which the Second … Continue reading First Amendment Newsflash 7/9-7/23

First Amendment Newsflash 5/15-5/28

Federal Court News Judge Noami Reice Buchwald, a federal judge in Manhattan, ruled that when President Trump or any of his aides blocked plaintiffs from viewing and replying to his twitter posts, he violated the First Amendment. Buchwald stated, “ A declaratory judgment should be sufficient, as no government official — including the President — is … Continue reading First Amendment Newsflash 5/15-5/28

Banned for 140 Characters or Less

  By Wil Safrit, Staff Member (Vol. 16) Every day, Americans tweet at their respective politicians. Some tweets may be messages of support, while others could be suggestions on how to  better represent the interests of the politicians’ constituents. Some representatives have decided to tune out criticism by simply blocking those that disagree with them—for … Continue reading Banned for 140 Characters or Less

What’s That Sign Say? : A Brief Examination of the Four Opinions in Reed v. Town of Gilbert

By Emily Jessup; Staff Member (Vol. 15) Imagine you're driving around town, when something catches your eye. You slow down, and look. There, right in front of you, spray painted in giant letters on the side of a house is this: “SCREWED BY THE TOWN OF CARY.” Huh? Why hasn't the Town done anything about … Continue reading What’s That Sign Say? : A Brief Examination of the Four Opinions in Reed v. Town of Gilbert

The Future of Cyberbullying Legislation in North Carolina

By Hanna Fox; Staff Member (Vol. 15) Young people have an unprecedented access to technology, which grants them abundant access to the world around them, as well as to one another constantly.  Technology’s increased prevalence is relevant in children’s education, entertainment, and social interactions. Though children experience many benefits from the increased use of technology, that … Continue reading The Future of Cyberbullying Legislation in North Carolina