Bill Would Bar Use of Lyrics in Court Proceedings
Bill Would Bar Use of Lyrics in Court Proceedings
2022-07-28 17:32:26
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A pair of Democratic congressmen are seeking to protect recording artists from the use of their lyrics as evidence against them in criminal and civil proceedings. On Wednesday, Reps. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., and Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., introduced the... Read More

8th Circuit Rules Boycotts Are Not Protected Free Speech
2022-06-23 13:35:57
by Dan McCue

ST. LOUIS — An Arkansas law targeting boycotts of Israel did not infringe on constitutionally protected free speech rights because it was intended to serve “a purely commercial purpose,” the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Wednesday. The... Read More

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Supreme Court Rules Boston Unlawfully Refused to Fly Christian Flag
2022-05-02 17:54:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that Boston violated the free speech rights of a conservative activist by refusing to comply with his request to fly a Christian flag on a flagpole outside City Hall, while allowing other... Read More

Can Musk Deliver on His Vision for Twitter? Questions Remain

Tesla CEO Elon Musk stands to be the next owner of Twitter, having pledged roughly $44 billion to buy the social platform and take it private. Assuming that happens, next up on his agenda will be planning how to fulfill his promises... Read More

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High Court Takes Case Involving Refusal to Serve Gay Couples

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a new clash involving religion and the rights of LGBTQ people in the case of a Colorado web designer who says her religious beliefs prevent her from offering wedding website... Read More

BPC Launches Academic Leaders Task Force on Campus Free Expression
2020-12-02 14:53:09
by Sara Wilkerson

WASHINGTON -- As part of the official launch of its Academic Leaders Task Force on Campus Free Expression Initiative, the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, D.C., think tank dedicated to bipartisanship, hosted a roundtable discussion on campus free expression faced... Read More

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Alito: COVID Crisis Has Been a ‘Constitutional Stress Test’
2020-11-13 20:27:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., told the Federalist Society in a keynote address Thursday night the coronavirus pandemic has led to "previously unimaginable restrictions on individual liberty." "I am not diminishing the severity of the virus's threat to... Read More

Battle Being Waged Over Free Speech
2020-09-08 15:10:02
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — According to the American Conservation Society, conservatives are using the First Amendment to challenge progressive legislation. They assert that the Free Speech Clause is being used by corporate and right-wing interests to undermine progressive efforts in areas such... Read More

Free Speech Advocates Request Transparency While Courts Are Closed
2020-04-07 15:28:06
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Free speech advocates are expressing concern that criminal proceedings being held by closed circuit video during the coronavirus pandemic threaten to cut off the people’s right to know what’s happening in federal and state courts. A federal judiciary... Read More

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