Yesterday, the Sixth Circuit handed down a decision upholding a Tennessee school's ban on sporting Confederate flag-emblazoned clothing. The plaintiff, a student named William Defoe, claimed that his First Amendment rights were violated when he was sent home and suspended for insubordination for wearing
John Morris, General Counsel of the Center for Democracy & Technology, is flexing his First Amendment expertise over at CDT's site this week by answering reader questions about online speech. John is a fantastic resource on these issues, and I highly recommend that our readers
MSNBC Host Keith Olbermann was suspended on Friday after it was reported that he made donations to Democratic political campaigns. Olbermann's employer, MSNBC, cites a policy that requires individuals to ask for permission before making donations to partisan political campaigns. Though Olbermann has since been
From today's Supreme Court argument in Schwarzenegger v. EMA, a nice shout out for those of us who got our hand-eye coordination--such as it is--trying to protect the freedom of Earthrealm. And another reason it is good to have a few Justices who didn't spend
Siobhan Reynolds didn't like that the U.S. Attorney's office in Kansas was prosecuting doctors for distributing painkillers that eventually led to an overdose. Her outspoken defense of the doctors got the attention of Federal Prosecutors. They asked the judge in the case to prohibit Ms.
The Supreme Court has granted certiorari in Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association, a Ninth Circuit decision that struck down, on First Amendment grounds, a California statute prohibiting the sale or rental of certain “violent video
games” to minors. In finding the California statute unconstitutional, the Court
There was a collective gasp and not a small chuckle from the left at Christine O'Donnell's recent demand that her opponent, Chris Coons, show her where in the Constitution is separation of church of state. "You're telling me that's in the first amendment?"
As easy as
Last Tuesday, the Supreme Court refused to review the dismissal of Weise v. Casper. The case dates to 2005, when Leslie Weise and Alex Young were thrown out of a George W. Bush event because they arrived in a car bearing a “No
The assistant attorney general for the state of Michigan, Andrew Shirvell, has been engaged in a vitriolic internet campaign for nearly six months now against Chris Armstrong, the openly gay student assembly president at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Shirvell launched his "Chris Armstrong Watch"
As the Citizens United decision has opened the flood gates of organizational spending on public speech this election cycle, which organizations are allowed to participate and in what capacity has predictably been at issue.
The Washington Post reports that groups that are set-up under the tax