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Palm Beach County Judge Denies Press Gag Order

Conchita Sarnoff | Posted 09.13.2011 | Media
Conchita Sarnoff

While attending Wednesday's hearing I was forewarned by a colleague that I might be served in the courtroom and should immediately leave the hearing before Epstein's attorneys recognized me since trying to serve me in Florida on numerous occasions this year.

Illinois Town Bans Baggy Pants, Mayor 'Very Disappointed'

Posted 09.11.2011 | Chicago

Despite the fact that laws banning baggy pants have been ruled unconstitutional by judges across the country, Collinsville, Illinois is the latest tow...

Laura Bassett

Abortion Rights Group Takes Texas Sonogram Law To Court | Laura Bassett | Posted 08.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Center for Reproductive Rights filed an injunction on Friday against a new Texas law that prevents a woman from getting an abortion ...

Children, Violence and the First Amendment: Video Games in the Supreme Court

David Moshman | Posted 08.29.2011 | Technology
David Moshman

Video games, noted the Court, resemble "the protected books, plays, and movies that preceded them" in that they "communicate ideas -- and even social messages."

Violent Video Games and the First Amendment

Roy S. Gutterman | Posted 08.28.2011 | Media
Roy S. Gutterman

Play again, kids. Those video games, even the ones depicting extreme violence, are protected by the First Amendment, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, just like those old books and movies.

Arizona Free Enterprise V. Bennett Explained

Jessica Levinson | Posted 08.27.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

In a 5-4 ruling authored by Chief Justice Roberts, the Supreme Court told legislators on all levels of government that they do not have the power to design public campaign financing programs that best meet the needs of candidates in their jurisdictions.

Joy Resmovits

New Laws That Begin, Expand Programs That Use Public Money For Private Schooling Attract Lawsuits, Investigations | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.24.2011 | Education

Cindra Barnard loves her district's public schools. That's why she's fighting the school board. Barnard is a resident of Douglas County, Colo., whe...

Challenging The First Amendment: School Discipline For Off-Campus Speech?

Daniel J. Solove | Posted 06.20.2011 | Education
Daniel J. Solove

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit just issued two important decisions regarding a public school's power to discipline students for off-campus speech.

The Department of Education, Yale, And the New Threat to Free Speech on Campus

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 08.15.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Since the 1980s, harassment policies have been the main vehicle for campus speech codes -- that is, collegiate policies that restrict speech protected by the First Amendment.

At Last: Military Outsourcing We Can All Support

David Isenberg | Posted 08.14.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Although it may come as a shock to both the Republican and Tea parties, apparently providing religious services to troops is not an 'inherently governmental' function.

One Reason Americans Think Muslims Want to Stone Them

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.13.2011 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Retired Gen. Boykin believes Islam shouldn't be given First Amendment protections. I listen to a lot of talk radio, and ideas like his ooze out all the time. So I interviewed an expert on Islam to offer a countervailing view.

Friday Talking Points [169] -- Weiner Roast

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.11.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Having just gotten back from a trip abroad where the news was dominated by the story of a politician facing severe consequences for his sexual misconduct, I opened up the pages of the American news to find... well, pretty much the same thing.

School District Rescinds 'Boobies' Bracelet Ban

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 07.17.2011 | Denver

Moffat County School District reversed their ban on the "I Heart Boobies! Keep a Breast!" bracelets on Monday, saying in a press release that they nev...

WATCH: City Raids Illegal Hotels

Posted 07.16.2011 | New York

Perhaps tight-budgeted travelers should just stick to Couch Surfing. City inspectors are using a new law to raid, document and shutter illegal hote...

Matt Sledge

Synagogue Claims Right To Run 'Illegal Transient Hotel' | Matt Sledge | Posted 07.10.2011 | New York

In a case winding its way through courts, a synagogue is claiming a Constitutional right to run a hotel that would otherwise not conform to city codes...

Saki Knafo

Quran-Burning Pastor's Jailing Raises First Amendment Questions | Saki Knafo | Posted 06.23.2011 | Religion

This story was reported in collaboration with Jessica Carreras from Dearborn's Last month, the pastor of a tiny church in Florida dresse...

Free Speech, Academic Freedom, and First Amendment Rights of College Faculty

David Moshman | Posted 06.18.2011 | College
David Moshman

We should not be lulled into complacency about the state of academic freedom. At the academic core of teaching and research, intellectual freedom is no longer protected by the First Amendment.

Congressman Wants Citizens of ALL Religions to Reflect on the Ten Commandments (Redux)

Chris Rodda | Posted 06.16.2011 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Well, it's that time of year once again -- time for some theocratic member of Congress to push for a resolution proclaiming the first weekend of May "Ten Commandments Weekend".

Formidable Coalition Joins Fight for Student Rights

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 12.05.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Hayden Barnes, a former student at Georgia's Valdosta State University (VSU) was kicked out of his college for protesting. This case is easily among the worst I've ever seen.

Madoff Trial Will Use Real Names Of Bank Employees, Judge Says

Posted 06.13.2011 | Business

The judge overseeing the liquidation of Bernard Madoff's investment firm on Tuesday rejected requests by banks to keep secret the names of current and...

Confronting Religious Extremists, Combating Hatred

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.07.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

What's the best strategy for dealing with a Christian extremist who spews hatred at every turn? How about when the person in question has a national platform?

Eviscerating the Establishment Clause

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 06.06.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The five conservatives on the Supreme Court have now all but enabled government to violate the Establishment Clause at will by denying courts the authority to declare even unconstitutional programs unconstitutional.

Supreme Court Pulls Another Brick From Church/State Wall

Posted 06.04.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday (April 4) rejected a challenge to an Arizona school tuition credit...

Demonstrators and Their Lawyers Protect Our Right to Peaceful Protest

Locke Bowman | Posted 05.29.2011 | Chicago
Locke Bowman

The right to march in the streets is more precious than gold. Whenever those in authority act to undermine "peaceable assembly," everyone's freedom is put at risk.

Religious Freedom Is Only For Christians?

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.29.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

As so many before me have said, hate is not a Christian value -- and we shouldn't let it become an American value either.