What Depp Trial Means for Media Companies’ Airing #MeToo Accusations

Both the women making accusations, and the press when it publishes them, assume the considerable risk that comes with antagonizing the rich, powerful and litigious.

#metoo-movement, #depp-johnny, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-the-press, #heard-amber, #jury-system, #libel-and-slander, #newspapers, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #washington-post, #women-and-girls

Supreme Court Blocks Texas Law Regulating Social Media Platforms

The law, prompted by conservative complaints about censorship, prohibits big technology companies like Facebook and Twitter from removing posts based on the views they express.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #paxton-ken, #social-media, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youtube-com

Regulating Online Speech Can Be a Terrible Idea

Both sides are moving too hastily to regulate online speech.

#4chan, #buffalo-ny-shooting-may-14-2022, #computers-and-the-internet, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #law-and-legislation, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media

Supreme Court Leak Inquiry Exposes Gray Area of Press Protections

No law or written code of conduct prescribes how an investigation into the leak of a draft opinion should proceed, or whether journalists will be swept into it.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-the-press, #news-and-news-media, #news-sources-confidential-status-of, #politico-the, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us

Supreme Court Rules Against Boston in Case on Christian Flag

The court unanimously ruled that the city, which has approved many other requests to raise flags at its City Hall, violated a Christian group’s free speech rights.

#boston-mass, #breyer-stephen-g, #camp-constitution, #decisions-and-verdicts, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #supreme-court-us

Will Trump Face a Legal Reckoning in Georgia?

It may represent the most serious prospect of prosecution that Trump and his associates are facing.

#ethics-and-official-misconduct, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #fulton-county-ga, #georgia, #house-committee-on-the-judiciary, #immunity-from-prosecution, #meadows-mark-r-1959, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #willis-fani-t

What DeSantis and His Republican Allies Are Doing Will Have Grave Costs

Discarding core commitments is not a small concession to changing times but an abject desecration of everything the G.O.P. long claimed to believe.

#carlson-tucker, #citizens-united, #citizens-united-v-federal-election-commission-supreme-court-decision, #conservatism-us-politics, #corporations, #cruz-ted, #desantis-ron, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #florida, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #shapiro-benjamin-a-1984, #supreme-court-us, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vance-j-d

Is Free Speech Endangered?

First of a two-part series: Readers discuss “cancel culture,” civility and the First Amendment, in response to an editorial. Next: Speech and self-censorship on campus.

#abrams-floyd, #cancel-culture, #censorship, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #colleges-and-universities, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #siegel-norman-1943, #united-states-politics-and-government

Censure of Politician Did Not Violate First Amendment, Supreme Court Rules

A verbal reprimand, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch wrote for a unanimous court, is itself a form of free speech.

#community-colleges, #decisions-and-verdicts, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #gorsuch-neil-m, #houston-community-college, #supreme-court-us

New York Times May Publish Documents About Project Veritas, Court Says

A state appeals court said that a judge’s order preventing publication of the documents would not be enforced until a formal appeal could be heard.

#first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #libel-and-slander, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #okeefe-james-e-iii, #project-veritas, #wood-charles-d

They Need Legal Advice on Debts. Should It Have to Come From Lawyers?

A nonprofit has filed a lawsuit in New York, hoping to clear the way for volunteers to help people defend themselves against debt collection suits.

#consumer-protection, #credit-and-debt, #debt-collection, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #james-letitia, #legal-aid-for-the-poor-civil, #legal-profession, #new-york-state, #personal-finances, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #upsolve-inc

Supreme Court Appears Skeptical of Boston’s Refusal to Fly Christian Flag

The court seemed poised to rule that the city, which has approved many other requests to raise flags at its City Hall, violated a Christian group’s free speech rights.

#barrett-amy-coney, #constitution-us, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #freedom-of-religion, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hallward-driemeier-douglas, #kagan-elena, #religion-state-relations, #united-states

Supreme Court to Hear Case of Coach Who Lost His Job Over Postgame Prayers

A federal appeals court ruled that a school board in Washington State could require the coach to stop praying at the 50-yard line after high school football games.

#bremerton-wash, #coaches-and-managers, #education-k-12, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #supreme-court-us

Let Marjorie Taylor Greene Keep Her Social Media Accounts

We’ve ceded too much control over our speech to Big Tech.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #google-inc, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #internal-sub-only-nl, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government

Is a Judge’s Order a Threat to a Free Press?

A case involving The Times and Project Veritas. Also: Elizabeth Holmes; Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens; dangers of biometrics; healthy is hard.

#baseball, #baseball-hall-of-fame, #biometrics, #bonds-barry, #clemens-roger, #diet-and-nutrition, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #medicine-and-health, #new-york-times, #project-veritas, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #theranos-inc

Judge Says New York Times Can Retain Project Veritas Memos, for Now

A New York appeals court said the paper did not need to immediately give up or destroy documents related to the conservative group. The paper is still prevented from publishing certain documents.

#first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-the-press, #libel-and-slander, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #okeefe-james-e-iii, #project-veritas, #reporters-committee-for-freedom-of-the-press, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #sulzberger-a-g, #wood-charles-d

The F.B.I. Deployed Surveillance Teams Inside Portland Protests

Federal agents infiltrated Portland’s unruly racial justice protests, dressing to blend in and capturing clandestine video. The tactics raised internal concern.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #portland-ore

Trump Weaponized the Supreme Court

The three justices appointed by Trump are doing exactly what they were sent to the court to do.

#abortion, #admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #alito-samuel-a-jr, #american-federation-of-state-county-and-municipal-employees, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #colleges-and-universities, #constitution-us, #firearms, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #gun-control, #harvard-university, #jackson-womens-health-organization, #kagan-elena, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #maine, #mcconnell-mitch, #mississippi, #national-rifle-assn, #new-york-state, #new-york-state-rifle-and-pistol-assn, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #rehnquist-william-h, #religion-state-relations, #roberts-john-g-jr, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #senate, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Judge Clarifies Order on New York Times Coverage of Project Veritas

The decision allows some latitude for reporting until a final ruling is reached. The Times said the order remained “an unconstitutional prior restraint that should be dissolved.”

#baquet-dean, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #justice-department, #libel-and-slander, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #okeefe-james-e-iii, #project-veritas, #wood-charles-d

Social Media Companies Are Trying to Co-opt the First Amendment

They want the same protections newspapers enjoy. But they are not newspapers.

#first-amendment-us-constitution, #florida, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #law-and-legislation, #newspapers, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #supreme-court-us, #texas

Order Blocking New York Times Coverage of Project Veritas Stays in Place

A New York trial judge said he needed more time to deliberate on an order that the newspaper argued violates the First Amendment.

#first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-the-press, #justice-department, #libel-and-slander, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #okeefe-james-e-iii, #project-veritas, #wood-charles-d

Jury Finds Rally Organizers Responsible for Charlottesville Violence

Jurors found the main organizers of the deadly right-wing rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017 liable under state law, awarding more than $25 million in damages, but deadlocked on federal conspiracy charges.

#charlottesville-va, #charlottesville-va-violence-august-2017, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #heyer-heather-d-1985-2017, #hill-michael-1971, #league-of-the-south, #neo-nazi-groups, #race-and-ethnicity, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

I Live in Arkansas. Why is My State Telling Me Not to Boycott Israel?

I publish The Arkansas Times. We refused to sign an anti-B.D.S. law because it violates our First Amendment rights.

#arkansas, #boycott-divestment-and-sanctions-bds, #boycotts, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #israel, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us

Project Veritas: Journalists or Political Spies?

Documents show how the conservative group worked with lawyers to gauge how far its deceptive reporting practices could go before running afoul of federal laws.

#espionage-and-intelligence-services, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-the-press, #news-and-news-media, #okeefe-james-e-iii, #project-veritas, #united-states-politics-and-government

Florida Bars State Professors From Testifying in Voting Rights Case

After being hired as expert witnesses for groups opposing a restrictive voting law, three University of Florida academics were told they could not participate in the lawsuit against the state.

#academic-freedom, #colleges-and-universities, #desantis-ron, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #florida, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #university-of-florida, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Facebook Is Bad. Fixing It Rashly Could Make It Much Worse.

 Lawmakers should proceed cautiously when altering the rules governing the internet.

#computers-and-the-internet, #constitution-us, #facebook-inc, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #klobuchar-amy, #law-and-legislation, #lujan-ben-ray, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rumors-and-misinformation, #senate, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Supreme Court Faces a Huge Test on Libel Law

Two of the justices want to revisit a landmark decision for free expression. They may soon get the chance.

#belton-catherine-journalist, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #gorsuch-neil-m, #harpercollins-publishers, #law-and-legislation, #libel-and-slander, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #obama-barack, #putin-vladimir-v, #putins-people-how-the-kgb-took-back-russia-and-then-took-on-the-west-book, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #thomas-clarence

The Supreme Court Has Gone Off the Rails

Justices who once derided judicial “meddling” are now meddlers themselves.

#barrett-amy-coney, #breyer-stephen-g, #constitution-us, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #gorsuch-neil-m, #gun-control, #kagan-elena, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #law-and-legislation, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #roberts-john-g-jr, #scalia-antonin, #supreme-court-us, #voting-rights-act-1965

Cancel Culture: Are We Overreacting?

Readers mostly disagree with a column by Michelle Goldberg that suggests that we are, and she responds to their critiques.

#censorship, #colleges-and-universities, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #goldberg-michelle-1975, #liberalism-us-politics, #the-chair-tv-program

Trump Announces Suit Against Facebook, Twitter & Google Over Bans

Speaking about “freedom of speech” and the First Amendment — which applies to the government, not to private-sector companies — Mr. Trump called his lawsuit a “very beautiful development.”

#facebook-inc, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #google-inc, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #twitter

Supreme Court Backs Donor Privacy for California Charities

Conservative groups challenged the state’s disclosure requirements, saying they could lead to harassment.

#americans-for-prosperity, #cato-institute, #decisions-and-verdicts, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #philanthropy, #supreme-court-us

Supreme Court Rules for Student in First Amendment Case

A Pennsylvania school district violated the First Amendment by disciplining a student for off-campus speech, the court ruled.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #levy-brandi, #school-discipline-students, #supreme-court-us

Special IDs for Sex Offenders: Safety Measures or Scarlet Letters?

The Supreme Court will soon consider whether to hear a First Amendment challenge to a Louisiana law that required driver’s licenses to identify sex offenders.

#drivers-licenses, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #louisiana, #sex-crimes, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Garland Confronts Long-Building Crisis Over Leak Inquiries and Journalism

Prosecutors’ approach to unauthorized disclosures of government secrets has undergone a sea change in the 21st century.

#barr-william-p, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cnn, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-the-press, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #news-sources-confidential-status-of, #newspapers, #search-and-seizure, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-post

Garland Confronts Crisis Over Leak Inquiries and Journalism

Prosecutors’ approach to unauthorized disclosures of government secrets has undergone a sea change in the 21st century.

#barr-william-p, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cnn, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-the-press, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #news-sources-confidential-status-of, #search-and-seizure, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-post

CNN Lawyers Gagged in Fight With Justice Dept. Over Reporter’s Emails

The disclosure of the aggressive leak investigation tactic followed a similar revelation involving The New York Times.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cnn, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-the-press, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #news-sources-confidential-status-of, #starr-barbara-journalist, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-post

The FISA Court’s Unnecessary Secrecy

Many of the decisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court have not seen the light of day. That’s irreconcilable with the Constitution.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #constitution-us, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-court, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #privacy, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #usa-freedom-act, #usa-patriot-act

A Cheerleader, a Snapchat Post and the Supreme Court

Inside the unusual sequence of events behind one of the most important student free speech cases for 50 years.

#cheerleaders, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #school-discipline-students, #snap-inc, #social-media, #supreme-court-us

Risk of Nuclear War Over Taiwan in 1958 Said to Be Greater Than Publicly Known

The famed source of the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg, has made another unauthorized disclosure — and wants to be prosecuted for it.

#china, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cold-war-era, #defense-department, #eisenhower-dwight-david, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #nuclear-weapons, #pentagon-papers, #taiwan, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Trump Justice Dept. Tried to Use Grand Jury to Identify Nunes Critic on Twitter

An unsealed court filing shows that the social media company fought the subpoena, which the Biden administration is said to have withdrawn.

#first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #justice-department, #nunes-devin-g, #subpoenas, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government

Debate Erupts at N.J. Law School After White Student Quotes Racial Slur

A Rutgers Law student repeated an epithet from a legal case, and now Black students at the New Jersey school are calling for a policy on slurs — and apologies.

#academic-freedom, #apologies, #black-people, #colleges-and-universities, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #foundation-for-individual-rights-in-education, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #handler-alan-b, #law-schools, #legal-profession, #new-jersey, #race-and-ethnicity, #rutgers-the-state-university-of-new-jersey, #vera-bergelson

A Lively Supreme Court Argument Over a Cheerleader’s Vulgar Rant

The justices struggled to determine how the First Amendment applies to public schools’ power to punish students for social media posts and other off-campus speech.

#alito-samuel-a-jr, #american-civil-liberties-union, #appeals-courts-us, #breyer-stephen-g, #cheerleaders, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #school-discipline-students, #snap-inc, #social-media, #sotomayor-sonia, #supreme-court-us

The Supreme Court Is Making New Law in the Shadows

The justices are defying their procedural rules to rewrite the Constitution.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #california, #decisions-and-verdicts, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #religion-state-relations, #scalia-antonin, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j

A Legal Winning Streak for Religion

A series of victories in the Supreme Court has fueled claims that the justices are giving preference to faith groups.

#california, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #religion-and-belief, #supreme-court-us

By 5-4 Vote, Supreme Court Lifts Restrictions on Prayer Meetings in Homes

The court shifted direction in cases on Covid-related limits on religious services after Justice Amy Coney Barrett replaced Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

#appeals-courts-us, #barrett-amy-coney, #constitution-us, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #kagan-elena, #places-of-worship, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us

This Is What Judicial Activism Looks Like on the Supreme Court

In a dissent, two conservative justices invite a case to overturn a precedent on religion in the workplace that they dislike.

#alito-samuel-a-jr, #decisions-and-verdicts, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #gorsuch-neil-m, #jehovahs-witnesses, #kethledge-raymond-m-1966, #marshall-thurgood, #paid-time-off, #religion-state-relations, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #thapar-amul-r, #thomas-clarence, #united-states

An Extraordinary Winning Streak for Religion at the Supreme Court

More broadly, one new study found, “the politicization of religious freedom has infiltrated every level of the federal judiciary.”

#christians-and-christianity, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #epstein-lee, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #posner-eric-a, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Social Justice Purge at Idaho Colleges

Republican lawmakers try to cancel diversity programs.

#academic-freedom, #boise-state-university, #colleges-and-universities, #critical-race-theory, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #idaho, #race-and-ethnicity, #state-legislatures

Our Lonely Chief Justice

A recent solitary dissent by John Roberts points to his isolation from the court’s other conservatives.

#alliance-defending-freedom, #barrett-amy-coney, #federal-courts-us, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #roberts-john-g-jr, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #thomas-clarence, #united-states