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Syracuse

Syracuse University Walks Back from Punishing Student Protesters

The university’s decision to reverse the suspensions was welcomed by civil rights groups including the New York Civil Liberties Union, who warned that the punishment could chill student speech. 

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Virginia Profanity

Virginia Repeals Outdated Ban on “Profane Swearing”

The Virginia code dates back to George Washington’s 1776 “Order Against Profanity” which was used to keep soldiers from engaging in “the foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing.”

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U.S. Supreme Court

Should Supreme Court Opinions Be Televised?

While most sitting Justices have opposed arguments in favor of televising Supreme Court oral arguments, little has been said about broadcasting the announcement of opinions. In their newest essay, First Amendment experts Floyd Abrams and Ronald Collins explore this possibility and the benefits it could offer the public.

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Drone

Texas’s Drone Law Hinders Paper’s Effort to Document Public Health Issue

A newspaper’s recent attempt to report on air pollution caused by cattle feedlots was temporarily thwarted due to the state’s restrictions on drone usage.

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Amr Alfiky

New York Police Arrest Journalist While Recording Another Man’s Arrest

“I am a journalist! I am a journalist” the video shows Alfiky yelling. Alfiky also offered to show his press pass and insisted that he did not refuse their orders.

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Fairfax

Federal Court Dismisses Virginia Lt. Governor’s $400 Million Defamation Suit Against CBS

In September 2019, Justin Fairfax sued CBS over its interviews and subsequent coverage of two sexual assault claims against him. This week, a U.S. District Judge dismissed his claims, citing no evidence that CBS' coverage would have led a reasonable viewer to assume they were true or that the organization endorsed the women's allegations.

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California San Marcos

California University System Pays Pro-Life Student $240,000 in Out of Court Settlement

The settlement is part of a 2017 lawsuit filed by a student who a student believes the university discriminated against him and his group when it refused to fund a pro-life event. In addition to paying the student $240,000, the university agreed to amend its policies to ensure future funding is allocated in a viewpoint neutral manner.

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A Vegan “Cheese” Company is Suing California Over Its Labeling Restrictions

Miyoko Schinner, owner of a popular vegan “cheese” company, is suing California after the state ordered her to stop using the word “butter” in her packaging.

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