September 23, 2023 7:54 am

A Rare Case Where the Court’s New Threats Case (Counterman) May Make a Difference

In this year’s Counterman v. Colorado, the Supreme Court held that “true threats” of illegal conduct are constitutionally unprotected but only if the speaker was reckless, i.e., “consciously disregarded a substantial risk that his communications would be viewed as threatening violence.” Before that, many states had allowed such threats to be punished on just a…

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September 22, 2023 12:32 pm

Federal Judge Declines To Stop Drag Show Ban at Texas College

The judge ruled that drag performances are not inherently expressive and that schools could regulate “vulgar and lewd” conduct.

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September 22, 2023 10:30 am

Bahrain’s Dictatorship Gets More Biden Administration Help

The U.S.-Bahraini security pact is the first step towards a future U.S.-Saudi “mega-deal.” Critics say it violates the U.S. Constitution and aids torturers.

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September 22, 2023 5:01 am

No, Court Won’t Order Removal of Online Copies of the Decision in Your Online Case, Even if

you argue that you’re losing job opportunities because employers see that decision.

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September 21, 2023 2:35 pm

A Former Twitter Executive’s Highly Selective Concern About ‘Coercive Influences’ on Social Media

Yoel Roth worries about government meddling in content moderation, except when Democrats target “misinformation.”

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September 21, 2023 8:31 am

Suit Over Houston Park’s Restriction on Displaying Videos of Animals Being Killed and Otherwise Unpleasantly Treated

From FIRE’s press release (and you can read the Complaint here): Today, the Law & Religion Clinic at the University of Texas and the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression filed a lawsuit against the City of Houston, several Houston police officers, and Discovery Green Conservancy after police officers arrested an animal rights advocate for…

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September 19, 2023 5:50 pm

Prosecutor Linda Fairstein’s Libel Lawsuit Over Netflix “Central Park Five” Series (“When They See Us”) Can Go Forward

“There is evidence that, by opting to portray Fairstein as the series villain who was intended to embody the perceived injustices of a broader system, defendants reverse-engineered plot points to attribute actions, responsibilities and viewpoints to Fairstein that were not hers and are unsupported in defendants’ substantial body of research materials.”

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September 19, 2023 1:23 pm

Special Counsel Jack Smith’s Gag Order Designed To Destroy Trump’s First Amendment Right To Criticize Biden On Campaign Trail

This partisan indictment has quickly become one of the most egregious examples of sweeping state abuse this nation has ever seen.

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September 19, 2023 12:47 pm

Ashland Professor Allegedly Ousted for Allowing ‘Too Much Investigative Journalism’

After the student paper pressed university officials for interviews, its faculty adviser got into trouble.

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September 19, 2023 9:50 am

Federal Judge Blocks California Online Age-Checking Law as Unconstitutional

Shielding children from “harm” shouldn’t come at the expense of speech protected by the First Amendment.

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September 19, 2023 6:07 am

Court Rejects Pseudonymity in Lawsuit Over “Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum”

From Concerned Jewish Parents & Teachers of L.A. v. Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Consortium, decided yesterday by Judge Fernando Olguin (C.D. Cal.). An unincorporated association, the Concerned Jewish Parents and Teachers of Los Angeles, along with six individuals using the pseudonyms Jane or John Doe (“Doe plaintiffs”) initiated this action …. [Their] claims revolve…

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September 19, 2023 5:01 am

Court Reverses Lawyer v. Lawyer Harassment Restraining Order Stemming from Litigation Disputes

In Hansen v. Volkov, decided Monday by the California Court of Appeal, in an opinion by Justice Dennis Perluss, joined by Justices John Segal and Gonzalo Martinez, the parties were opposing counsel in a divorce case: Following an incident at Hansen’s office relating to the canceled deposition of Volkov’s client, … Hansen obtained a three-year…

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