Our Asshole System: Contempt of Cop Charges and the First Amendment

By Brianne Megahan, Staff Writer Vol. 20 Contempt of Cop Charges Theoretically, those in the U.S. are protected in expressing opposition to law enforcement officers. In reality, those who express this kind of disrespect to law enforcement officers are often arrested on “contempt of cop” charges. When an officer does not like what a subject … Continue reading Our Asshole System: Contempt of Cop Charges and the First Amendment

The First Amendment Restricts the Government, not Whole Foods

Image labeled for non-commercial use, Erin Clark. By: Kendall Williams, Staff Writer Vol. 20 **Update** On June 28, 2022, the First Circuit ruled 3-0 that the Whole Foods employees’ rights were not violated under Title IIV by Whole Foods or its parent company Amazon. The First Circuit found that the case was properly dismissed by … Continue reading The First Amendment Restricts the Government, not Whole Foods

When One Door Opens, What Happens To Others? First Amendment Implications of Name, Image, and Likeness.

By Carly Amatuzzo, Staff Writer Vol. 20 Introduction In the world of collegiate athletics, the past two years have been a series of legislative and administrative battles culminating in a judicial one. In June 2020, the Supreme Court held that the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) rules limiting education-related compensation for student-athletes violated federal antitrust … Continue reading When One Door Opens, What Happens To Others? First Amendment Implications of Name, Image, and Likeness.

Truth? Social: Trump’s new platform takes advantage of the law he once criticized

By Rachel Allore, Staff Writer Vol. 20 Social media outlets provide an unprecedented scope to the modern-day internet; anything from innocuous life updates to scathing anonymous comments can reach thousands of people every second. This space brings novel First Amendment issues directly to our screens, and social media sites rely on an obscure and specific … Continue reading Truth? Social: Trump’s new platform takes advantage of the law he once criticized

Your Name Here™: Who Has the Right to Trademark a Name?

By Gabriela Monasterio, Staff Writer Vol. 20 The Federal Circuit announced on February 24, 2022 that the Lanham Act’s ban on trademarking names is unconstitutional as content-based discrimination. This reversed the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) decision, which denied an application for the phrase “Trump Too Small” because it contained the name of a … Continue reading Your Name Here™: Who Has the Right to Trademark a Name?

Social Media Regulations v. The First Amendment

By Taylor Osborne, Staff Member Vol. 20 On September 9th, 2021, the Texas Legislature passed a law making it illegal for social media platforms to ban users based on their political viewpoints. The law is an apparent response to what legislators, including Governor Greg Abbott and Senator Bryan Hughes, felt was a dangerous move by … Continue reading Social Media Regulations v. The First Amendment

Banning Reality: Attempts to Restrict Books with Anti-Racist and Anti-Cop Views in the Wake of 2020 Protests

By Sydney Welch, Staff Member Vol. 20 This post is dedicated to Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and the thousands of other Black Americans who have been unjustly murdered by police. During the summer of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic was raging, presidential election campaigns were in high gear, and public attention turned to racial … Continue reading Banning Reality: Attempts to Restrict Books with Anti-Racist and Anti-Cop Views in the Wake of 2020 Protests