First Amendment

ACLU: Trump Has First Amendment Right to Shout 'Get 'Em Out of Here!' at Rally (Video)

Talk about strange bedfellows.<p>In a rare show of unity with President Donald Trump, the American Civil Liberties Union agrees with the chief …

Donald Trump

SiriusXM Says First Amendment Protects Decision Not to Air Ads for Escort Sites

InfoStream, which has gotten attention for WhatsYourPrice.com, contends that the satellite radio giant has been applying "uneven" protocol on what …

Entertainment

Six Public Enemies of Free Speech

Posted: Apr 25, 2017 12:01 AM<p>Six anti-free speech Democrats have done the unthinkable in the State of North Carolina. They have voted to prevent HB …

Higher Education

Hate speech is free speech, Gov. Dean: Glenn Reynolds

The former governor showed himself to be a constitutional illiterate on Twitter.<p>I tell my constitutional law students that there are a couple of statements that indicate that a speaker is a constitutional illiterate who can safely be ignored. One is the claim that the Constitution views black …

Censorship

Trump Lawyers Get Creative With First Amendment

President Donald Trump’s lawyers are trying to rewrite the First Amendment. In defending a civil suit against Trump by protesters who say they were roughed up in one of his campaign rallies, Trump’s legal team has advanced two claims that either misstate or substantially overstate constitutional …

Donald Trump

The Bulls-eye in Your Pocket: Geo-Fencing

Targeted advertising and consumer privacy were already a volatile combination, but a recent case may touch off a Constitutional crisis.<p>First Amendment concerns and consumer privacy law has people talking about a case recently settled in Massachusetts. It revolved around the practice of serving …

Mobile Marketing

Liberals Want To Kill Free Speech, So We Patriots Must Fight Back

Posted: Apr 24, 2017 12:01 AM<p>Understand that if America is stupid enough to let liberals take power again, they will persecute and prosecute normal …

Constitutional Law

Right Side Broadcasting, The “Unofficial Version Of Trump TV,” Forced To Apologize For Contributor’s Call To “Kill The Globalists” At CNN

Right Side Broadcasting Network (RSBN) host Nick Fuentes went on a violent, on-air tirade, suggesting that it was “time to kill the globalists” who …

Donald Trump

Adobe Puts an End to Indefinite Gag Order

In a newly unsealed case [.pdf], a Los Angeles federal court ruled that Adobe could not be indefinitely gagged about a search warrant ordering it to …

Surveillance

Stop It. Trump's Lawyers Did Not Say That Protestors Have No First Amendment Right To Dissent

If you're wondering why people who support Donald Trump can repeatedly claim that various mainstream publications traffic in "fake news," look no …

Bill Of Rights

Howard Dean’s First Amendment

The former DNC chair’s argument for banning Ann Coulter’s speech relies on a dubious reading of the Constitution.<p>On MSNBC yesterday, former Vermont …

Constitutional Law

Bill Maher Defends Ann Coulter: UC Berkeley Is 'The Cradle for F**king Babies'

<i>Note: This article contains coarse language that may offend some readers.</i><p>Bill Maher took a few minutes of Friday's “Real Time" to talk about and …

Republican Party

UC Berkeley reschedules Ann Coulter talk -- and raises thorny legal question

Police officers prepare to deploy a skirmish line after a student protest turned violent at UC Berkeley during a demonstration over right-wing …

Bigotry

Judges panel gives ringing boost to Berkeley’s cell phone disclosure ordinance

BERKELEY — A federal court panel has chimed in on Berkeley’s cellphone disclosure ordinance, finding that it does not violate the First …

Berkeley

Floyd Abrams Sees Trump’s Anti-Media Tweets as Double-Edged Swords

Last Monday, the sun rose in the east, the black-capped chickadee sang its spring mating song and President Trump attacked American journalists in a tweet. This latest one read: “The Fake Media (not Real Media) has gotten even worse since the election. Every story is badly slanted. We have to hold …

Journalism

Howard Dean denies that ‘hate speech’ is protected by the Constitution

Former DNC Chair Howard Dean began an online furor when he posted that the First Amendment didn’t apply to “hate speech.”<p>The tweet simply read, “Hate speech is not protected by the first amendment.” He linked to another tweet that said, “Free Speech Defenders Don’t Forget: Ann Coulter once said: My …

Bigotry

Trump lawyer: Protesters violated campaign's First Amendment right

President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump lawyer: Protesters violated campaign's First Amendment right Why Dr. David Shulkin is exactly what the VA …

Donald Trump

Berkeley Once Stood for Free Speech. Now It Rolls Over.

In the 1960s, students at Berkeley helped change the world by igniting the Free Speech Movement, a seminal moment in the history of 20th-century civil liberties. Fifty years later, Berkeley leftists seem to have decided that free speech was a mistake -- and the administration seems intent on …

Higher Education

Trump’s Lawyers Prove They Have No Idea How the First Amendment Works

Yesterday, <b>Donald Trump</b>’s lawyers filed a motion in an ongoing case brought by three Trump protesters who allege they were roughed up and thrown out …

Law

Trump accuses protesters of ‘violating’ his fundamental rights

Donald Trump’s lawyers have argued that protesters “have no right” to “express dissenting views” at his campaign rallies because it infringes on the …

Donald Trump

Prosecuting WikiLeaks Endangers All Reporters, First Amendment Experts Say

The Trump Administration’s threat to criminally prosecute WikiLeaks could open the door to criminal charges against mainstream American news …

Journalism

A Window for Punishing WikiLeaks

The Department of Justice under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, according to news reports, is re-evaluating whether to charge WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for publishing leaked classified material in 2010. This raises a First Amendment flag. The department previously decided it wouldn’t proceed …

Julian Assange

Academic Freedom and the First Amendment (2007)

Presentation to the AAUP Summer Institute<p>By Rachel Levinson, AAUP Senior Counsel<br>July 2007 1<p>Download a .pdf of this document.<p>As a legal matter, it can …

Higher Education

Sorry, College Kids, There's No Such Thing As Hate Speech

For the sake of campus protestors and their professors across the country, it’s time to make something clear: there’s no such thing as hate …

Censorship

Where Did Trump Find These Lawyers?

Dispatches from the land beyond parody.<p>WASHINGTON—I am not a constitutional scholar, though I occasionally play one here in the shebeen, but, Lord above, even the people whose only contact with the actual Constitution is ducking under the portico of the National Archives on a rainy day have to know …

Law

For the Women of the ACLU, Taking on Trump Is Just Another Day At the Office

About a month ago, a crowd of 2,000 people gathered in an auditorium at the University of Miami to see a bunch of lawyers—and TV food personality Padma Lakshmi—talk about the constitution.<p>That number represented only a small fraction of those watching. Simultaneously, across the country, more than …

ACLU

Opinion: SCOTUS Hears Arguments To Tear Down Church and State Barrier

One of the many travesties endemic in a government controlled by Republicans is that the evangelical right now has the full weight and force of the …

Religion

If Corporate Cash Scares You, Rethink This Boycott

This week the NCAA announced that North Carolina will host opening-weekend games of the men’s basketball tournament in 2020, along with several other events over the next few years. Ah, but one must smile at the sight of corporations exercising their First Amendment rights!<p>The state legislature’s …

Equality

Uber employees spray-painted a wall with the word "Undelete"

Yikes<p>Uber’s official response to mounting public backlash over these past few months has been relatively assured. CEO Travis Kalanick has pledged to fix his company’s “toxic” culture through independent reviews and an overhaul of its hiring practices, employee training, and harassment reporting …

Street Art

New Tajikistan Rule: No Books Allowed In or Out Without Approval

How important are our First Amendment rights? Just take a look at Tajikistan, a small nation in central Asia that has just declared that no books will be allowed to cross its borders — whether you’re traveling in or out — without written permission from its Culture Ministry. While the government …

Literature