August 13, 2022 3:00 am

London Libel Lawsuits Punish Truth Tellers

The U.S. shouldn’t import British defamation law, no matter how much Donald Trump would like to.

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August 12, 2022 3:18 pm

You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Party, in Wichita

And the Kansas Supreme Court may well be on your side.

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August 12, 2022 2:29 pm

Salman Rushdie Stabbed at Upstate N.Y. Lecture, by Man “with Sympathies Toward Iranian Government”

The suspect has apparently just been identified as Hadi Matar; the N.Y. Sun (Joe Marino & Evan Simko-Bednarski) reports, A New Jersey man with sympathies toward the Iranian government was arrested and accused of stabbing famed novelist Salman Rushdie on Friday, according to law enforcement sources briefed on the investigation…. Sources told The Post that an initial…

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August 12, 2022 1:02 pm

Mar-A-Lago Search Warrant Materials Now Unsealed

They appear to be here (the order to unseal is here). UPDATE: This only includes the warrant and the receipt, which is apparently all that the Justice Department asked to unseal. Third parties have apparently also asked for unsealing of the warrant application and the affidavit used to justify the warrant; presumably that remains pending.

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August 12, 2022 11:29 am

Court: “A Retweet Is Not Necessarily an Endorsement”

This comes in a false light lawsuit by the family of former National Security Advisor Gen. Michael Flynn, whom CNN had labeled “QAnon followers.”

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August 12, 2022 11:07 am

Rushdie Stabbing Reminds Us That Iran Is Still World’s Leading Terror State

The point of the fatwa was not only to punish Salman Rushdie for his blasphemy, but to intimidate others in the West.

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August 12, 2022 10:01 am

Total Eclipse of the Court: Buckert v. Volokh Going up to Fifth Circuit

There’s a case just docketed in the Fifth Circuit, under the name Buckert v. Volokh, and, no, the second party isn’t Maria Volokh—it’s me. Thankfully, I’m not actually the defendant, but rather the intervenor and appellee: The case below is Buckert v. Traynor; I moved to intervene and unseal, and prevailed; and now plaintiff is appealing that…

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August 12, 2022 5:01 am

Crafting Exceptions to Laws That Limit Private-Employer-Imposed Speech Restrictions (2) + Conclusion

As I mentioned last week, ten years ago I wrote a descriptive and analytical law review article called Private Employees’ Speech and Political Activity: Statutory Protection Against Employer Retaliation, which aimed to catalog these often-little-known statutes. This year, I’m returning to the subject, trying to analyze the strongest arguments for and against such statutes. The article…

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August 11, 2022 2:41 pm

Ex-Twitter Manager Convicted of Being Secret Agent for Saudi Arabia + Leaking Private User Information

From a Justice Department statement released yesterday: A federal jury yesterday convicted a former Media Partnerships Manager for the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region at Twitter of acting as a foreign agent without notice to the Attorney General, conspiracy, wire fraud, international money laundering, and falsification of records in a federal investigation. The verdict follows…

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August 11, 2022 12:16 pm

Government Agrees to Unsealing of Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant and Attachments

Various media entities asked that it be unsealed—see, e.g., the New York Times’ motion, filed yesterday—and the government has just filed a motion agreeing, at least as to the warrant and some of its attachments (I’m not sure whether there are others that aren’t included within the government’s position): Although the government initially asked, and…

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August 11, 2022 9:25 am

Volokh Being Prosecuted for Anti-Government Speech

That’s Maria Volokh, a municipal government candidate in Moscow (not the one in Idaho), being prosecuted for speech critical of the war in Ukraine (see Mediazona, in Russian). Volokh’s and her codefendant Sergey Smirnov’s speech apparently consisted of walking through the center of Moscow with black tape over their mouths and carrying posters with “***…

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August 11, 2022 7:48 am

FIRE Challenges College Removal of Posters Criticizing “Leftist Ideas,” Restriction of Anti-Abortion Flyers

The Clovis Community College policy bans “posters with inappropriate or offense [sic] language or themes.”

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August 11, 2022 5:01 am

Crafting Exceptions to Laws That Limit Private-Employer-Imposed Speech Restrictions

As I mentioned last week, ten years ago I wrote a descriptive and analytical law review article called Private Employees’ Speech and Political Activity: Statutory Protection Against Employer Retaliation, which aimed to catalog these often-little-known statutes. This year, I’m returning to the subject, trying to analyze the strongest arguments for and against such statutes. The article…

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