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John Burns is an attorney specializing in entertainment, media and telecommunication matters. Mr. Burns is also a legal commentator and columnist.

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A Massive Leak of Risqué and Nude Celebrity Photos Sparks Outrage in Hollywood

(3) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 1:11 PM

Online hackers have struck again as there appears to have been a massive leak of risqué and nude celebrity pictures, including pictures of Hunger Gamesstar Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice and Kate Upton. The leak has taken the Internet and social media world by storm and according to

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The Naked Truth: "Dating Naked" Contestant Sues for $10 Million

(5) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 1:05 PM

Jessie Nizewitz, a 28-year-old New York model and contestant on the VH1 show Dating Naked (trailer) has filed a $10 million lawsuit against VH1's operator Viacom claiming that the show flashed an un-blurred image of her crotch during a scene where she and a male suitor were playfully...

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Increasing and Improving STEM Education and Access to Technology

(4) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 12:54 PM

For generations, black innovators have made great contributions to global advancement in the fields of science and technology. Through the development of numerous labor-saving devices and inventions, these innovators have spawned companies that have generated money and jobs and laid the foundation for technological progress and enhancements.

One such...

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Finding Our Way Back to First

(16) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 10:45 AM

On Thursday Dec. 6, the NAACP held a press conference where it released its comprehensive report on education entitled "Finding Our Way Back to First: Reclaiming World Leadership by Educating All America's Children." Flanked by astute leaders in the world of education, including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne...

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The High Court Poised to Take On the Defense of Marriage Act

(33) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 1:32 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court reconvened last week for its new term and the court is expected to hear several major cases from affirmative action to voting rights, among other high-stakes cases. Perhaps the most highly anticipated cases, however, involve gay marriage and a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act...

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First Amendment Sacks MD Lawmaker on Marriage Equality

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 5:23 PM

Maryland State Delegate Emmett C. Burns, Jr. (D - Baltimore County, and no relation to yours truly, thankfully) strongly opposes marriage equality. Obviously that is no story in and of itself as many lawmakers in Maryland share Burns' views. Unlike those other lawmakers, however, Burns used his position as an...

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Aurora Proves How Far Off-Course We Have Strayed on the Second Amendment

(30) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 5:44 PM

In the wake of the recent mass shooting in the Aurora, Colo., premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, the debate over gun control has intensified, for better or for worse. Many pro-gun groups have come out and claimed that perhaps if there was someone else in there with...

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Is Texas' Voter ID Law Akin to a Poll Tax?

(134) Comments | Posted July 14, 2012 | 4:47 PM

Speaking at the NAACP Convention earlier this week in Houston, Texas, Attorney General Eric Holder stated that he believes that Texas' Senate Bill 14 ("SB 14"), which requires voters to show state issued photo identification when they head to the polls, is equivalent to a poll tax and...

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A Health Care Call to Action for Men: Is There an App for That?

(2) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 10:14 PM

As an active member of the 100 Black Men of America (an organization committed to promoting healthy living and community outreach, amongst other things) and on the heels of our organization's national conference, I wanted to send a message to men about the importance of improving our physical...

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Supreme Court "Strips" Fourth Amendment Protections

(51) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 12:49 PM

On April 2, 2012, the Supreme Court ruled, in a case entitled Florence v. Board of Freeholders, in a 5-to-4 decision to allow law enforcement officials to strip-search people arrested for any offense, however minor, before admitting them to jail. This decision would hold true even if the...

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