All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘First Amendment’

It’s Your First Amendment Right to Record Cops [Supreme Court]

In a victory for the ACLU and First Amendment activists everywhere, the United States Supreme Court has denied a request to review a decision that blocks the enforcement of an Illinois law barring the public from recording police officers. Back in 2010, the ACLU filed suit against a specific application of the Illinois Eavesdropping Act that made the audio recording …

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Facebook First Amendment Rights According To The ACLU

Back in May, a federal judge ruled that a Facebook “like” is not considered speech that can be protected by the First Amendment. You can read more background on the story here, but basically, a man (Deputy Sheriff Daniel Ray Carter of Hampton, Virginia), believes he was fired from his job over a Facebook like. As far as the court …

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Stolen Valor Act Violates Free Speech, Struck Down in 6-3 Vote

Stolen Valor Actor has been struck down in a recent vote, according to The Hill. The law, which was passed by Congress during George W. Bush’s turn as President, would have made it illegal to lie about receiving military honors and awards. However, since lying, even about earning medals in the armed forces, is protected under the First Amendment. As …

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Flashing Headlights To Warn About Police Is First Amendment Right

In a surprising move, a judge in Sanford, Florida ruled that a man who flashed his headlights to warn neighbors that a deputy had set up a speed trap nearby was lawfully exercising his First Amendment right to freedom of speech. Thats right, a judge actually made a common sense ruling that makes sense! In Florida nonetheless! Ryan Kintner sued …

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Justice Department Defends Right To Record Police

I’m pretty sure everyone has seen a video

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ACLU Declares Victory In Police Recording Case

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois has declared victory in a court case involving Illinois’ eavesdropping statute. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit this week overturned a trial court decision and ruled that the ACLU of Illinois could legally record police officers who are performing their public duties. The court case was filed by the …

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Facebook ‘Likes’ Declared Unprotected By First Amendment, According To Judge

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. The part of the first amendment we’ll be addressing today is the clause relating to …

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Rush Limbaugh and Freedom of Speech

After Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a slut, the Internet exploded with comments from people taking one side or another. And, while Limbaugh’s faithful “mega-dittoes” crowd could be counted upon to defend their champion, it was the “strange bedfellows” that were made that confounded many. Bill Maher came out in open support of Limbaugh’s free speech rights. And, he came …

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