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Tag Archives: First Amendment

Police equate accepting leaked documents with ‘criminal conspiracy’ to justify raid on reporter


Amid national outcry, San Francisco Police Chief William Scott is on his heels after raiding a reporter’s home for refusing to disclose the name of a source. On Tuesday, Scott held a news conference to say he suspects that freelance ...

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A reporter declined to reveal his source. Then police showed up at his front door with guns.


Bryan Carmody, a freelance reporter in San Francisco, awoke Friday to the sounds of someone trying to break into his house. About 10 officers from the San Francisco Police Department were bashing the front gate of his Outer-Richmond home with ...

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Student’s suspension over border wall shirt costs Oregon school district $25,000, an apology

An Oregon high school student who was suspended over a shirt that touted President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall has agreed to settle his lawsuit after the school agreed to pay $25,000 for his legal fees and have its principal ...

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Firm battles order for data on protesters

A Los Angeles-based tech company is resisting a federal demand for more than 1.3 million IP addresses to identify visitors to a website set up to coordinate protests on Inauguration Day — a request whose breadth the company says violates ...

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Commentary: The First Amendment does not protect all speech

The woman found guilty in the sensational homicide-by-text case has been sentenced to prison. Twenty-year-old Michelle Carter was found guilty in June by a Massachusetts judge of involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 suicide of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III. Carter ...

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Appeals court strikes down Florida law that barred physicians from asking about gun ownership

In 2011, the Florida state legislature passed a law called the Firearms Owners’ Privacy Act. The act prohibited Florida doctors from asking routine questions about their patients’ gun ownership, unless that information was deemed relevant to patient care or the ...

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Judge grants injunction against Trump travel ban in Virginia

McLEAN, Va. — A federal judge Monday granted a preliminary injunction barring the Trump administration from implementing its travel ban in Virginia, adding another judicial ruling to those already in place challenging the ban’s constitutionality. The ruling is significant from ...

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Second Circuit – First Amendment: Smith v. County of Suffolk

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit First Amendment Retaliatory Conduct – Unprotected Conduct Smith v. County of Suffolk 13-1230-cv Judges Hall, Livingston and Brodie Background: The plaintiff appealed from the dismissal of his cause of action. The district ...

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U.S. District Court, WDNY – First Amendment: Spring v. County of Monroe, et al.

U.S. District Court, WDNY – First Amendment – Matter of Public Concern – Amended Complaint   Spring v. County of Monroe, et al. 13-cv-6662L Judge Larimer   Background: The plaintiff, a former employee of the defendant hospital, asserts a number of ...

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Second Circuit — First Amendment: United States v. Erie County

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit  First Amendment Judicial Documents — Right of Access United States v. Erie County 13-3653 Judges Calabresi, Parker and Lynch Background: The United States commenced an action against the defendant alleging that two ...

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