First Amendment

1977 ABA Journal First Amendment articles.

Chief of 3D gun blueprint manufacturer accused in sexual assault of teen

A minor told forensic investigators in Texas that she was paid to have sex with Cody Wilson, the former law student who in June reached a settlement with the U.S.…

Right of association isn’t infringed by disclosure of charitable donors to state, 9th Circuit says

A public interest law firm and a charitable group co-founded by the Koch brothers have to comply with the California attorney general’s demand for information regarding top charitable donors, a…

PACs have freedom of speech and association, 8th Circuit says in allowing transfers between PACs

A federal appeals court has ruled that a Missouri law banning donations between political action committees violates the First Amendment.

The St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

6th Circuit rules Trump’s call to eject rally protesters was protected by the First Amendment

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that protesters cannot sue President Donald Trump and his presidential campaign for an alleged assault by audience members at a Louisville, Kentucky, rally following…

9th Circuit reinstates First Amendment challenge to cyberstalking law

A federal appeals court has allowed an activist to pursue his First Amendment challenge to Washington state’s cyberstalking law.

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the…

Trump: Sessions should investigate who wrote anonymous New York Times op-ed

President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday that the U.S. Department of Justice should investigate the recent New York Times opinion piece that was anonymously written by a White…

FDA has ‘unreasonably delayed’ graphic warnings on cigarette packs, Mass. federal court rules

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has unreasonably delayed enforcing a 2009 law calling for graphic warnings on cigarette packages, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Wednesday.

“The court must compel…

Sessions to meet state AGs on whether social media firms are ‘intentionally stifling’ free speech

Jeff Sessions announced Wednesday that he will discuss social media companies and concerns about anticompetitive behavior this month with state attorneys general, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The U.S.…

Can the government regulate Google search results? Lawyers weigh in
Lawyers are considering how and whether the government could use its regulatory authority over Google after President Donald Trump complained Tuesday that search results are skewed against conservative voices.
Judge extends online ban on 3D gun blueprints; company begins selling flash-drive copies
Updated: A federal judge in Seattle has found that a former law student’s presumed First Amendment interests in publishing online blueprints for plastic 3D printed guns are “dwarfed by the irreparable harms” likely to be suffered by the states if federal restrictions on the blueprints are lifted.
Outdoor food sharing is expressive conduct and ‘more than a picnic in the park,’ appeals court says

Sharing food with the homeless in a public park by a group with a political message is expressive conduct protected by the First Amendment, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Rap song that threatened police officers is not protected speech, Pennsylvania’s top court rules

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected a free speech claim by a rapper who threatened to kill two Pittsburgh police officers he identified by name in a video titled “F—…

California appeals court allows Twitter to boot those who promote violence

A California appeals court upheld Twitter’s ability to ban racists from its platform.

Reviewing a July ruling from San Francisco County Superior Court, a three-judge panel for the Court of…

Judge weighs contempt after paper publishes redacted information about alleged school shooter

A judge in Broward County, Florida, is considering a motion to hold the South Florida Sun Sentinel and two of its reporters in contempt of court for publishing redacted information…

Masterpiece Cakeshop baker refuses to make cake celebrating gender transition, spurring new suit
After winning his case before the U.S. Supreme Court, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop is challenging another decision by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

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