Last week, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that a California school district did not violate a teacher’s free speech rights by ordering him to remove posters bearing the national motto, among other phrases.
In late 2006, Bradley Johnson, a
A round-up of some of the top stories in civil rights and civil liberties news.
The Supreme Court has declined to take the case of a Texas high school cheerleader who was kicked off the squad after refusing to cheer for the basketball player whom she alleges raped her. The Fifth Circuit ruling not only upheld the school's right
In a relatively little-noted decision last term, the Supreme Court favored a particular vision of federalism over the protection of religious freedom. The 6-2 ruling, in Sossamon v. Texas, barred money damages in private actions brought by prisoners against state and local governments under the
According to the Roberts Court, the only form of “corruption” that the Government has a legitimate interest in seeking to prevent through campaign finance regulation is quid pro quo corruption, i.e. the trading of cash for votes. By limiting the “corruption” interest in this
To combat deceptive practices, a New York City law required pregnancy services centers to disclose certain information: Medical provider on staff? Referrals for abortions and emergency contraception? And lastly, the “New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene encourages women who are or may
The Supreme Court today struck down two state laws concerning free speech. In Arizona Free Enterprise Club PAC v. Bennett, Chief Justice Roberts, representing the usual 5-4 split, delivered an opinion striking down Arizona's Clean Elections Act granting matching funds to publicly financed candidates
Stanley Fish of the NY Times has glowing words for Justice Kagan on the occasion of her first dissent since joining the Court. In her dissent to the opinion in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn, Kagan pokes holes in the majority's argument, filling the void with a "landscape" of
Yesterday, in its decision in AZ Christian School Tuition Org.v. Winn, the Supreme Court further limited the ability of private taxpayers to challenge government programs in court. The Court rejected taxpayers' right to challenge an Arizona program that gives a dollar-for-dollar state tax credit to
Kids will be kids, but ‘sexting’ may lead to federal child pornography charges and sex offender registration for the nation’s youth. ‘Sexting’ is a growing phenomenon among adolescents: equipped with cell phones and teenage dreams, adolescents ‘sext’ when they take nude or semi-nude