All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘First Amendment’

City, Mayor Sued Over Arrest of Parody Tweeter

The ACLU has taken up the case of a Peoria, Illinois man who is suing the city and its Mayor for violation of his First and Fourth Amendment rights. 29-year-old Jon Daniel is suing Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis (shown above), the city manager, the assistant city manager, the city’s chief information officer, the former chief of police, and two detectives. …

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8THEIST License Plate: Woman Files Lawsuit Over Vanity Plate Rejection

A New Jersey woman has filed a lawsuit after the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) denied her request for a vanity license plate that reads “8THEIST.” The license plate was rejected because it is considered “objectionable.” After the woman discovered that her request would have been approved had it been a Christian vanity plate, she felt that her First Amendment …

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School Will Pay for Violating Teen’s Rights over Facebook Posts

The ACLU is declaring victory in a lawsuit against the Minnewaska, Minnesota School District–one that could have implications in how schools construct privacy policies around students and their off-campus social media use. The story focuses on Riley Stratton, who the ACLU claimed had her First and Fourth Amendment rights violated on two separate occasions. In 2011, the then sixth-grader took …

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Dead Sea Scrolls Case to Be Heard by New York Court

New York’s highest court on Tuesday will consider whether to overturn convictions in the Internet impersonation case of a man who argues that mocking scholars in an academic debate about the Dead Sea Scrolls was free speech protected by the First Amendment. Raphael Golb, an attorney and writer, was convicted of identity theft and other charges for disguising his identity …

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I Stand With Phil Petition: Bigotry In Danger?

When people sign the “I Stand With Phil” petition, what is it that they’re actually standing with? You’ve probably heard the following or seen it written: “I stand with Phil Robertson because freedom of speech is under attack!” The First Amendment of the American Constitution defines freedom of speech as the following: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment …

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Oklahoma Ultrasound Case: Law Remains Struck Down

NewsOK.com, along with Reuters and the AP, report that the U.S. Supreme Court declined any review of a 2012 Oklahoma Supreme Court decision to strike down the law that forced any woman who wanted to abort their fetus to be shown a live ultrasound of that fetus and have it explained by a doctor. By declining to review Pruitt v. …

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Facebook Likes Found By Federal Court To Be Protected As Free Speech

Remember that case where the guy got fired for liking the “wrong” political candidate on Facebook? Well, good news for people who think a Facebook like should be considered an act of free speech. Today, a federal court ruled that Facebook likes are protected by the first amendment. Last year, a Virginia judge ruled the opposite in a case where …

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Google, Microsoft Find More Allies In Fight To Release Surveillance Data

Google, Microsoft and other major tech companies work with the NSA whenever the agency wants details on a target. That much is known. What’s not known is the scope of these requests for data as any information related to them is placed under a gag order. While the government says that we can’t know the scope of these data requests, …

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Microsoft Says It Also Has A First Amendment Right To Release NSA Data Request Numbers

Google’s fight for transparency took an interesting turn earlier this month when it submitted a filing arguing that it had a First Amendment right to release more detailed NSA data request numbers as part of its transparency report. Now another tech giant has made the same argument before the FISA court. CNET reports that Microsoft has filed a 9-page filing …

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Floyd Abrams Talks First Amendment Law At Google

The First Amendment is incredibly important in the Internet age. It’s frequently at the center of many debates on what constitutes free speech online. Now, one of the foremost First Amendment scholars of our time – Floyd Abrams – stopped by Google to talk about his new book, “Friends of the Court: On The Front Lines With The First Amendment:” …

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Is Liking Something On Facebook An Act Of Free Speech?

Last year, a Virginia judge ruled that a Facebook “like” is not protected by the First Amendment. The story goes like this: Deputy Sheriff Daniel Ray Carter of Hampton, Virginia “liked” the page of “Jim Adams for Hampton Sheriff.” Carter’s boss, Sheriff B.J. Roberts, saw this, and then when Roberts won the election against Adams, Carter was fired. Carter claimed …

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Jesus Portrait Taken Down in Ohio Public School

An image of Jesus that has hung in a Jackson, Ohio middle school for over 60 years and was recently moved to a Jackson high school has now been taken down. According to an Associated Press report, the Jackson City School district has agreed to take the picture down amid first amendment concerns. The picture was hung in Jackson Middle …

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