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Tag Archives: first amendment

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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Supreme Court rules for Westboro Baptist over military funeral protests

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist church members who mount anti-gay protests outside military funerals, despite the pain they cause grieving families. The court voted 8-1 in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church of ...

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Court of Appeals faults Jewish holiday rulings

The Montgomery County judges who denied a plaintiff’s requests to postpone or suspend a June 2008 medical malpractice trial so he could observe a Jewish holiday abused their discretion, Maryland’s top court has held. The Court of Appeals said Alexander ...

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Inside the 1st Amendment: At Super Bowl, God doesn’t make the cut

In the perennial post-game buzz about Super Bowl ads, the buff body of the new GoDaddy Girl (aka Joan Rivers) was a big hit this year. So was the pugnacious pug dog flattening his owner to grab the Doritos. And, ...

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Give thanks or go to jail

It was all over the news in October —  Mississippi Chancery Judge Talmadge Littlejohn jailed an attorney who refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance in his courtroom. I was nothing short of baffled to hear that an officer of ...

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