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Alliance Defending Freedom gains influence with Supreme Court wins

A conservative Christian nonprofit called Alliance Defending Freedom is gaining influence with nine successful Supreme Court cases in the last seven years.

Now, with the retirement of Justice Anthony M.…

Judge awards $5 to Charlottesville rally organizer who said cursing woman violated anti-dueling law
A judge in Charlottesville, Virginia, awarded $5 on Friday to the organizer of last summer’s “Unite the Right” rally of white supremacists in a suit against a woman who cursed at him.
Judge tosses wrongful termination claim by woman forced to resign after flipping off Trump motorcade

A Virginia judge dismissed a wrongful termination claim on Friday by a woman who said her employer, a government contractor, violated public policy by forcing her resignation after she gave the finger to the motorcade of President Donald Trump.

Supreme Court rules mandatory union dues violate free speech rights of public employees
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Wednesday that requiring public employees to pay union dues for collective bargaining violates their free speech rights under the First Amendment.
Ohio’s limitations on judicial candidates are constitutional, 6th Circuit rules
A three-judge panel from the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Ohio’s fundraising and partisan limitations placed on judicial candidates.
Required notices at crisis pregnancy centers likely violate the First Amendment, Supreme Court rules
A California law requiring licensed anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to post information about the availability of state-subsidized abortions is likely unconstitutional, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision Monday.
Supreme Court tells court to reconsider case of florist who refused flowers for gay wedding
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday told the Washington Supreme Court to reconsider a decision upholding a fine and citation against a Christian florist who refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding.
Supreme Court allows First Amendment suit by man who claimed city intimidation was reason for arrest
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed a Florida man arrested at a city council meeting to bring a First Amendment claim for retaliatory arrest—even though he conceded that police had probable cause to arrest him.
Justice Department backs conservative students who claim universities stifle speech

The U.S. Justice Department is backing students in several cases who argue their universities are restricting their First Amendment right to express their views.

In the most recent case, the…

Supreme Court strikes down Minnesota’s broad ban on political apparel at polling places
Minnesota’s broad ban on political badges, buttons and insignia at polling places violates the First Amendment, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a 7-2 opinion.
Is the NFL’s anthem policy constitutional? Not in some states, law prof argues
State constitutions may protect players who are fined for violating the NFL's ban on protests during the national anthem, according to incoming Harvard law professor Nikolas Bowie.
Supreme Court cites agency hostility in ruling for Christian baker
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 Monday that Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission violated the free exercise rights of a Christian baker by showing hostility to his explained religious reasons for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding.
Does Roseanne Barr have a valid legal claim for cancellation of her show?
The First Amendment restricts the government from interfering with free speech rights, but it doesn’t cover job-related consequences for private employees--or even star comedians.
Lawsuit claims Texas criminal appeals judge fired secretary for criticizing GOP on Facebook

A former secretary for a judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals claims she was fired because of Facebook posts that criticized President Donald Trump as well as other…

Federal judge rules Trump can’t block Twitter users because of political views
A federal judge in Manhattan has ruled the First Amendment bars President Donald Trump from blocking people from his Twitter account because of their political views.

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