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Tag Archives: freedom of speech

4th Circuit strikes down Md. law, says it violates freedoms of speech, press (access required)

The Maryland General Assembly has violated the First Amendment in its zeal to prevent foreign interference in state and local elections, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down as violating the freedoms ...

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Justices decline challenge to Md. school’s Islam lesson (access required)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to consider whether La Plata High School violated a Christian student’s constitutional First Amendment rights to freedom of religion and speech by teaching about Islam as part of a required world history class during the 2014-2015 school year.

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Pro-life protesters seek $43.2M from Rockville-based Voice of Choice (access required)

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.

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Gene Policinski: Free speech rights travel at speed of bytes (access required)

As it made the quantum leap from parchment to paper through the electronic era to digital formats, First Amendment law on freedom of expression has lagged behind technology. Today, this delayed legal reaction is playing out once again with Twitter, Facebook and the World Wide Web.

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Opinions – 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals: 8/27/12 (access required)

Constitutional Law Freedom of speech BOTTOM LINE: Statutory ban on falsely assuming or pretending to be a law enforcement officer was not unconstitutionally overbroad and did not violate defendant’s First Amendment right to freedom of speech because defendant failed to ...

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Inside the First Amendment: Privacy in the high-tech information age (access required)

Just how much should we worry about privacy? Near-daily incidents demand that we as a society redraw the line between our private lives and our public personas. The “public” is that part of us found in public records, subject to ...

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Gene Policinski: Arizona anti-bullying law imperils free speech (access required)

The First Amendment’s protection for free speech seems fairly unlimited — an unambiguous provision included in just 45 simple words that begin with “Congress shall make no law …” No intricate phrases, no flowery modifiers. We even have a common ...

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