Quantcast

Tag Archives: free speech

Md. school’s Islam lesson was constitutional, 4th Circuit says

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, housed at the Lewis F. Powell Jr. U.S. Courthouse in Richmond, xxx (U.S. General Services Administration)

La Plata High School did not violate a Christian student’s constitutional First Amendment rights to freedom of religion and speech by providing lessons in Islam as part of a required world history class, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. In ...

Read More »

ACLU of Md. asks state to end new prison book policy

1a-parole-bcdc-jail-prison197mf

Maryland prison officials violate the First Amendment rights of prisoners by severely limiting their access to books, including literary classics that explore the human condition and would assist in the convicts’ rehabilitation, the ACLU of Maryland stated in a letter Thursday urging the state’s head of corrections to end the restrictions.

Read More »

Lawyers’ Mall solicitation ban’s fate could depend on ‘forum’ ruling

Protesters gathered on Lawyers’ Mall in January of 2018 during the opening of the General Assembly session.(Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

A free-speech challenge to a Maryland state agency’s ban on financial solicitations on Lawyers’ Mall could come down to whether the site – at the foot of the State House and the feet of Thurgood Marshall’s statue – is an ...

Read More »

Zirkin says he will revive expanded cyberbullying bill

While sitting in a Senate Judical Proceedings committee meeting in Annapolis, Christine McComas, held a picture of her daughter Grace, a teen who committed suicide after being bullied online. An anti bullying law was passed about 7 years ago called Grace's Law and a new measure seeks to expand its reach. (Bryan Sears)

ANNAPOLIS – A bill to expand Maryland’s law against cyberbullying of youngsters died amid constitutional concerns in the House Judiciary Committee this General Assembly session but will be resurrected next year, the measure’s chief sponsor said Tuesday. “We are going ...

Read More »

Md. cyberbullying bill draws mother’s praise, ACLU’s scorn

While sitting in a Senate Judical Proceedings committee meeting in Annapolis, Christine McComas, held a picture of her daughter Grace, a teen who committed suicide after being bullied online. An anti bullying law was passed about 7 years ago called Grace's Law and a new measure seeks to expand its reach. (Bryan Sears)

ANNAPOLIS – Legislation to expand Maryland’s law against cyberbullying of youngsters drew praise Tuesday from the mother of a child driven to suicide but scorn from a First Amendment advocate who said the statutory expansion would violate free speech. Appearing ...

Read More »

4th Circuit: Baltimore’s pregnancy center sign ordinance violates free speech

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, housed at the Lewis F. Powell Jr. U.S. Courthouse in Richmond, xxx (U.S. General Services Administration)

A Baltimore city ordinance requiring pro-life “pregnancy centers” to post a sign in their waiting rooms stating they do not provide abortion- or birth-control-related services violates the centers’ First Amendment rights, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. In its 3-0 ...

Read More »

Judge upholds confidentiality clause in Baltimore police brutality cases

In this March 31, 2016, file photo, Baltimore Police Department Officer Jordan Distance stands on a street corner during a foot patrol in Baltimore. Baltimore police officers routinely discriminate against blacks, repeatedly use excessive force and are not adequately held accountable for misconduct, according to a harshly critical Justice Department report being presented Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Baltimore’s practice of barring alleged victims in police brutality cases from disparaging officers as a condition of settlement agreements does not violate the accusers’ constitutional free-speech rights so long as they knowingly and voluntarily signed the accords, a federal judge ...

Read More »

Attorney questions confidentiality clauses in Baltimore police brutality cases

In this March 31, 2016, file photo, Baltimore Police Department Officer Jordan Distance stands on a street corner during a foot patrol in Baltimore. Baltimore police officers routinely discriminate against blacks, repeatedly use excessive force and are not adequately held accountable for misconduct, according to a harshly critical Justice Department report being presented Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Baltimore’s practice of barring alleged victims in police brutality cases from disparaging officers as a condition of settlement agreements violates the accusers’ free-speech rights and the freedom-of-the-press rights of news organizations trying to report on police activities, a civil rights ...

Read More »