By Annelise Yackow, Vol. 21 Staff Writer The summer of 2020 was a pivotal time for the United States, particularly for the future of the criminal justice system, but also for First Amendment rights. Following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police, national protests broke out calling for improved police accountability … Continue reading Now Trending Nationally: States Limiting First Amendment Rights to Film Police Despite Explicit Right from the Supreme Court.
“I was just joking!” serves as a less than convincing defense to most accusations. Not so in the Ninth Circuit. There, as Jack Daniels learned in a case it now seeks to bring to the Supreme Court, where an otherwise infringing product “communicates a ‘humorous message’ ” it is almost impossible to win.
By: Megan Coates, Staff Member, Vol. 19 Introduction The Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. In this case, a Catholic foster care agency resisted the City’s policy requiring agencies to certify same-sex couples as foster parents. Before reaching the Supreme Court, Fulton was heard at the Third Circuit, where … Continue reading Fulton and the Future of Religious Liberty
The Supreme Court recently held in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31that a state law requiring non-union workers to subsidize public union activities violates the free speech rights of non-members by forcing them to subsidize private speech regarding matters of public concern. Despite the obvious, this decision does not have to be a disaster for public … Continue reading A More Perfect Union? The Future of Public Unions in the Wake of Janus. By Brandon Mayes