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  • Justices struggle with free speech case over license plates

    March 23, 2015 4:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - In a dispute over a proposed Confederate battle flag license plate, the Supreme Court struggled Monday to balance worries about government censorship and concerns that offensive messages could, at worst, incite violence. Nearly 150 years after the end of the Civil War, the justices heard arguments in a... more »
  • Justices reject New Orleans tour guides' free speech appeal

    February 23, 2015 9:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The Supreme Court has rejected a free-speech appeal from guides in New Orleans who object to having to be licensed to lead tours. The justices didn't comment Monday in leaving in place lower-court rulings that said the requirements don't violate the First Amendment. Licensing opponents had hoped... more »
  • KKK group to keep fighting to join cleanup program

    December 31, 2014 10:02 AM

    ATLANTA - A Georgia Ku Klux Klan group says it will move forward with its application for a highway cleanup program after a judge ruled that the state's denial violated the organization's right to free speech. The north Georgia KKK group's application was denied in 2012. The American Civil Liberties... more »
  • Supreme Court considers Facebook threats case

    December 1, 2014 11:32 AM

    WASHINGTON - Supreme Court justices are vigorously debating the Digital Age question of where the line should be drawn between free speech and illegal threats. The case argued Monday involves a Pennsylvania man convicted of making violent threats after he posted Facebook rants about killing his estranged wife, harming law... more »
  • Justices weigh limits of free speech over Internet

    November 30, 2014 10:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is examining the limits of free speech over the Internet in a case involving the use of violent or threatening language on Facebook. The justices will hear arguments Monday. At issue is the case of a Pennsylvania man who was convicted of violating a federal... more »
  • Executive order issued over teacher comments

    October 8, 2014 11:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal issued an executive order reminding school administrators that the First Amendment still protects free speech after a report that a Louisiana school asked a teacher to take down a social media post critical of Common Core. The Town Talk of Alexandria reported that... more »
  • High court will hear appeal over illegal threats

    June 16, 2014 8:45 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Supreme Court will consider the free speech rights of people who use violent or threatening language on Facebook and other electronic formats where the speaker's intent is not always clear. The court on Monday agreed to take up the case of an eastern Pennsylvania man sentenced... more »
  • Judge puts a hold on Super Bowl "Clean Zone"

    January 24, 2013 4:33 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The ACLU said a federal court put a temporary restraining order in place to keep part of the Super Bowl's "Clean Zone" from being put into effect in New Orleans. The zone would restrict the use of banners, signs and flags during the Super Bowl celebrations... more »
  • ALCU sues to block Super Bowl "clean zone" in N.O.

    January 24, 2013 3:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana is suing to block the city of New Orleans from maintaining a so-called "clean zone" where the use of banners, signs and flags will be restricted during Super Bowl festivities. The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit Thursday on behalf of... more »
  • Miss. student challenges suspension over rap song

    December 4, 2012 8:46 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Mississippi student was exercising his free speech rights when he posted a rap song online that criticized two coaches whom he accused of misconduct toward female students, his attorneys have told a federal appeals court. However, school officials in Itawamba County, Miss., say Taylor Bell... more »
  • On Bourbon Street, party but don't preach at night

    September 14, 2012 1:30 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A ban on preachers along Bourbon Street after dark is creating a First Amendment fight. The ordinance against aggressive solicitation was put in place nearly a year ago, but arrests during a gay pride festival two weeks ago are perhaps the first time the law has been... more »
  • Court OKs suit over "fat slob" remark

    March 25, 2011 12:39 PM

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A federal appeals court is allowing a free speech lawsuit to go ahead after a Kentucky man was arrested when he called a police officer a "fat slob." The man, Kevin O. Kennedy, was angry over permits to expand a strip mall near his home in... more »
  • Court strikes down part of SLU free speech policy

    July 28, 2010 4:44 AM

    The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says universities cannot require a security fee for speaking on campus without any guidelines for what security is needed. It ruled Southeastern Louisiana University's free speech policy is unconstitutionally vague on that point. Jeremy Sonnier challenged the policy after trying to evangelize individual... more »
  • Senate helps U.S. writers overseas

    July 19, 2010 7:56 PM

    The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill to protect American authors, journalists and publishers from foreign libel judgments that undermine the United States' guarantee of free speech. The bill now goes to the house for action. It would prevent U.S. courts from recognizing or enforcing a foreign judgment for defamation... more »
  • Marine back on Facebook after controversy

    April 15, 2010 8:42 PM

    A marine from Camp Pendleton in California is back on Facebook after he took his page down for fueling a free-speech debate among the military and his superiors over his criticism of President Obama. Sgt. Gary Stein relaunched his Armed Forces Tea Party page after meeting with military lawyers. The... more »
  • Ruling: Military camp improperly banned anti-Islam decals

    April 1, 2010 11:31 AM

    A federal judge says officials at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina violated the rights of a military veteran when they banned the anti-Islam decals on his car. Jesse Nieto's decals compared Islam to terrorism and advocated defecating on the Quran. U.S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard ruled that the... more »
  • School can suspend student for MySpace parody

    February 4, 2010 8:12 PM

    A federal appeals court says students in Pennsylvania can be disciplined for creating MySpace parodies of school leaders- but only if they are likely to disrupt classes. The case involves a teen who wrote a sexually-explicit parody of her principal on her MySpace page that she wrote at home. The... more »

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