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Mar 6, 2014

A ‘truthy’ and hilarious amicus brief

I'm not sure if it's the "best amicus brief ever," but it's definitely one of the funniest court filings I've ever read.

Mar 4, 2014

Bill about boycott seen as First Amendment threat

Critics of a bill banning the use of public university money to pay for memberships and travel related to organizations calling for the boycotting of countries such as Israel say the legislation is a violation of the First Amendment and academic freedoms.

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Feb 20, 2014

Settlement reached in NSA parody T-shirt case

A Minnesota man declares victory in his First Amendment lawsuit against the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security.

Jan 15, 2014

Justices question breadth of abortion buffer zone law

A Massachusetts law that created a fixed 35-foot buffer zone around the entrances, exits and driveways of clinics where abortions are performed could be in peril — along with similar laws in states across the country.

Dec 27, 2013

T-shirt satirist, NSA nearing settlement?

Dan McCall soon might not have reason to sell his "Censored by the NSA" and "Censored by the DHS" T-shirts anymore.

Dec 26, 2013

Policinski: When and why we need to hear 911 calls

The word “restraint” and the First Amendment usually exist in uneasy tension. The 45 words of the First Amendment don’t include it. The Pentagon Papers case in 1971 settled the issue of “prior restraint” by the government on what the press may publish: Nothing doing.

Dec 20, 2013

Fired firefighter’s suit can go forward

A Howard County firefighter can proceed with his wrongful termination lawsuit stemming from his social media posts related to gun-control legislation, a judge ruled Friday in U.S. District Court.

Dec 6, 2013

State issues updated rules for reporters

Reporters expecting to cover the 2014 General Assembly session will have to submit to a criminal background check, under new rules issued by the governor's office and the Department of General Services. A draft of the guidelines obtained by The Daily Record state that all reporters currently holding press credentials through the state, even if they have not yet expired, will have to apply for t[...]

Nov 22, 2013

Pro-life protesters seek $43.2M from Rockville-based Voice of Choice

A Rockville-based nonprofit that posts the names, photos and contact information of anti-abortion protesters online is facing a class-action lawsuit by people it has deemed “Bullies” on its website.

Nov 15, 2013

A press pass for SCOTUSblog?

Here we go with another round of Bloggers Seeking Press Credentials. Only this time, this argument is in front of the top court in the land.

Nov 4, 2013

Legislative prayer slated for Supreme Court review

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court, which asks for God’s protection before every public session, will settle a dispute over prayer in the halls of government. The case being argued at the court Wednesday involves prayers said at the start of town council meetings in Greece, N.Y., a Rochester suburb. It is the court’s first legislative […]

Oct 24, 2013

Deja few: State may again try to limit journalists

Reporters seeking credentials to cover state government are finding themselves in a holding pattern as officials review the policies

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