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Inside the First Amendment: Students’ religious speech at issue again

Just when First Amendment principles seem to be working in public education, new fights over student religious speech threaten to reignite culture-war battles in schools across the country. It’s little known that many public schools made significant progress toward getting ...

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Snyder will fight Westboro on court costs, lawyer says

WASHINGTON — The father of a Marine killed in Iraq won’t pay the nearly $100,000 in court costs charged by Westboro Baptist Church, which picketed his son’s 2006 funeral, in the wake of his unsuccessful lawsuit against the group, his ...

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Anti-abortion protesters to continue suit against Bel Air, state troopers

Harford County has agreed to clarify its policy for handling demonstrators as part of a settlement reached with eight anti-abortion demonstrators who were arrested as they held graphic posters along Route 24 in August 2008. Unlike the young women who ...

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Westboro church to challenge anti-picketing laws

WASHINGTON — Emboldened by last week’s Supreme Court decision, Westboro Baptist Church attorney Margie Phelps said she will challenge statutes all over the country that restrict picketing at funerals. The court decided 8-1, with Justice Samuel Alito dissenting, that the ...

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Inside the First Amendment: The price of free speech can be steep

After the U.S. Supreme Court’s Westboro Baptist Church free-speech decision, many online comments critical of the 8-1 ruling did so in speech that also relied on First Amendment protection. The situation was one more ironic twist in a case that ...

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Alito is court’s lonely voice on free speech

WASHINGTON — Alone among his colleagues, Justice Samuel Alito chose privacy over free speech Wednesday in the Supreme Court’s consideration of protests at military funerals. The picketers who showed up at the March 2006 funeral in Westminster for Matthew Snyder ...

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