February 7, 2024 12:09 pm

$25M in Libel Damages Based on Newspapers’ Misidentification of Plaintiff as Broadcaster Who Used Racial Slurs

CBS News reports on Monday’s verdict ($5M in actual damages and $20M in punitives), in Sapulpa v. Gannett Co.: The incident occurred in 2021 before the Norman-Midwest City girls high school basketball game when an announcer for a livestream cursed and called one team by a racial epithet as the players kneeled during the national…

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February 6, 2024 5:36 pm

ABA Adopts New Academic Freedom / Freedom of Expression Requirement for Law School Accreditation

This apparently just happened; here’s the full American Bar Association standard (and see this ABA Journal article): Standard 208: Academic Freedom and Freedom of Expression [a] A law school shall adopt, publish, and adhere to written policies that protect academic freedom. A law school’s academic freedom policies shall: [1]​ Apply to all full and part-time…

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February 6, 2024 5:05 pm

Young Kansas City Chiefs Fan Sues Deadspin Over Racism Allegations

From the Complaint filed today in Armenta v. G/O Media Inc. (Del. Super. Ct.): Nine-year-old H.A. loves the Kansas City Chiefs—and he loves his family’s Chumash-Indian heritage. On November 26, 2023, H.A. displayed that love by attending the Chiefs-Raiders NFL football game wearing a Chiefs jersey and necklace, his face painted half-red and half-black, and a costume…

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February 6, 2024 2:54 pm

Court Upholds Disbarment of Lawyer for In-Court Misconduct, Including Lawyers’ Allegations of Anti-Female, Anti-Disabled, and Pro-Jewish Bias

An excerpt from today’s Appellate Court of Connecticut decision in Ambrose v. Ambrose, written by Judge Alexandra Davis DiPentima and joined by Chief Judge William Bright and Judge Bethany Alvord: The primary issue in this writ of error challenging the disbarment of an attorney is whether her due process rights were violated by the procedure…

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February 6, 2024 1:39 pm

Elon Musk Helps Gina Carano Sue Disney For Firing Her After Internet Smear Campaign

‘I was being hunted down from everything I posted to every post I liked because I was not in line with the acceptable narrative of the time.’

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February 6, 2024 10:50 am

Expelled White Student’s Suit Against Howard Law School Largely Dismissed, but Can Go Forward on Some Claims

A short excerpt from today’s long decision by Judge Trevor McFadden (D.D.C.) in Newman v. Howard Univ. School of Law (for more, read the whole thing): Howard University School of Law expelled Michael Newman. It claims that it did so because he repeatedly sent disruptive emails to his classmates against school policy. Newman tells a…

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February 5, 2024 2:54 pm

Trump’s Terrible, Popular Tariffs

Plus: A listener asks if it should become the norm for all news outlets to require journalists to disclose their voting records.

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February 2, 2024 1:00 am

Brickbat: Royal Trouble

An appeals court in Thailand has sentenced democracy activist Mongkol Thirakot to 50 years in prison for Facebook posts he made that were critical of the country’s monarchy. A trial court had sentenced him to 28 years, but the appellate court found him guilty on 11 more counts during his appeal and gave him a…

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February 1, 2024 1:20 pm

He Was Arrested for Making a Joke on Facebook. A Jury Just Awarded Him $205,000 in Damages.

The verdict vindicates the constitutional rights that Louisiana sheriff’s deputies flagrantly violated when they hauled Waylon Bailey off to jail.

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February 1, 2024 11:16 am

Florida Student Arrested for Threatening to Shoot Jewish Students

From WFLA (Kaycee Sloan) Monday: According to documents, Palestinian-American student Seif Asi, 21, approached a table of Jewish students and got into a one to two-minute “heated conversation” during a UCF Office of Student Involvement approved pro-Israel free expression event on Jan. 23…. When UCFPD stopped Asi, he told them that he was Palestinian and…

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February 1, 2024 11:07 am

Missouri Student Pleads Guilty for Damaging Display Supporting Israeli Hostages

From University of Missouri’s The Maneater (Sophia Anderson & Vivi Hirshfield) last Friday: On Wednesday, Jan. 17, an MU student pled guilty to second degree property damage in Columbia Municipal Court for flipping a display Shabbat table with symbolic place settings for Israeli hostages in Speakers Circle in November 2023…. [Students Ilay] Kielmanowicz [of Mizzou…

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February 1, 2024 11:02 am

“Ohio Man Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for Firebombing a Church that Planned to Host Drag Show Events”

From a Justice Department press release Jan. 30: Aimenn D. Penny, 20, of Alliance, Ohio, was arrested and charged last year with one count of violating the Church Arson Prevention Act, one count of using fire to commit a federal felony, one count of malicious use of explosive materials, and one count of possessing a destructive…

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February 1, 2024 7:19 am

Mark Zuckerberg Is Not a Murderer, Mr. Senator

Republicans and Democrats are using emotional manipulation to push an agenda of censorship.

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February 1, 2024 5:01 am

Disney Loses First Amendment Claim over Florida’s Cancellation of Special Government District that Disney Controlled

From yesterday’s decision by Judge Allen Winsor (N.D. Fla.) in Walt Disney Parks & Resorts U.S., Inc. v. DeSantis; I expect Disney will appeal (see also Adam Schulman’s and Dilan Esper’s analyses of this in April 2022, which proved prescient, and also my April 22 discussion of some alternative arguments): In 1967, Florida’s Legislature created…

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