Catherine J. Ross: Trump’s Latest Threat To Free Speech And The Academy

Catherine J. Ross: Trump’s Latest Threat To Free Speech And The Academy

Catherine J. Ross, professor of law at George Washington University Law School, explains the possible issues that could arise if President Trump signs an executive order requiring colleges to support free speech on their campuses in order to receive federal research funds.

“Ultimately, the central constitutional risk inherent in Trump’s proposed executive order is all too familiar: it will chill protected speech. What’s more, it will likely violate central tenets of the Speech Clause when enforced,” she writes.

March 21, 2019 Essays, Speech, Top Stories
Cop at traffic stop

Sixth Circuit: A Raised Middle Finger Is Free Speech

March 13, 2019: The Officer “Should Have Known Better,” The Court Said Giving the middle finger is protected speech under the First Amendment, a federal appeals court ruled. In a 3-0 decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit sided with a Michigan woman who sued a police officer for violating her constitutional rights after he pulled[Read More…]

March 21, 2019 Speech, Top Stories
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 24, 2018.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

CA Rep. Devin Nunes Sues Twitter And Three Users for $250M Over Defamation, Negligence and Conspiracy

Nunes is accusing Twitter of “knowingly hosting and monetizing content that is clearly abusive, hateful and defamatory” to undermine the public’s confidence in him, thereby benefiting his political opponents.

March 20, 2019 Libel, Speech
New York Fair Trial Free Press Conference

New York Fair Trial Free Press Conference

Every year, the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) convenes a panel of journalists, judges, and lawyers to discuss a hypothetical case involving free speech, the freedom of the press, and citizens’ right to a fair trial. In October, 2018 the program explored a hypothetical case in which an incumbent Governor who’s running for reelection, is going through a contentious[Read More…]

Clear and Present Danger: Episode 22: Fighting Words – Free Speech in 18th Century America, Part II

Clear and Present Danger: Episode 22: Fighting Words – Free Speech in 18th Century America, Part II

Clear and Present Danger: A History of Free Speech is a podcast hosted by Jacob Mchangama, the founder and executive director of Justitia, a think tank focusing on human rights. Mchangama guides listeners through the history of free speech from the trial of Socrates to the Great Firewall of China.  In Episode 22 of the podcast, “Fighting Words – Free[Read More…]

March 8, 2019 Press, Speech, Top Stories
United States Supreme Court Building

Ag-Gag Laws Face the First Amendment

When Upton Sinclair published The Jungle, a reported novel that exposed the abuses in Chicago’s meatpacking industry, the public response was immediate, and federal regulation soon followed. More than a century later, whistleblowers continue to play a major role in shaping public opinion and policies around agricultural practices. However, many states have enacted laws to punish journalists and activists who[Read More…]

Mary Beth Tinker holding her original detention slip after she wore a black armband to school to protest the Vietnam War (with a replica on her left arm) during a speech at Textor Hall, Ithaca College, 19 September 2017.

Tinker Turns 50: Celebrating Half A Century Of Student Free Speech

February 24, 2019 marks 50 years since the Supreme Court made its landmark ruling in Tinker vs. Des Moines that protected the First Amendment rights of students in public schools.

February 25, 2019 Speech, Top Stories
Cans of soda are displayed in a case at Kwik Stops Liquor in San Diego, California February 13, 2014. Sodas and most other sugar-sweetened drinks sold in California would be required to carry warning labels for obesity, diabetes and tooth decay under a bill introduced in Sacramento on Thursday and backed by several public health advocacy groups. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS FOOD HEALTH)

Federal Appeals Court Blocks San Francisco Requirement For Health Warning On Soda Ads

The ordinance required advertisements for sugary drinks to include a health warning that occupied 20% of the ad.

February 6, 2019 Below the Fold, Speech
FILE PHOTO: People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo in this illustration picture taken September 27, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration/File Photo

Another Judge Rules That Politicians Censoring Critics On Twitter Violates The First Amendment

January 18, 2019: Three Republican Officials Blocked A Liberal Advocacy Group A federal judge ruled that three Republican members of the Wisconsin State Assembly violated the First Amendment rights of a liberal advocacy group by blocking the group’s account from their respective Twitter pages. The group, One Wisconsin Now (OWN), filed a lawsuit in 2017 against Assembly Speaker Robin Vos,[Read More…]

January 23, 2019 Below the Fold, Censorship, Speech
A pint of beer is poured into a glass in a bar in London, Britain June 27, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Could a Beer Label Be Free Speech? DC Brewery Sues Government For Stalled Sales During Shutdown

January 16, 2019: The Seasonal Batch Cannot Be Sold Because Labels Were Not Government Approved Before Shutdown D.C. craft beer brewery Atlas Brew Works is suing the acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker over their inability to sell a batch of beer due to the federal shutdown, a limitation that they claim violates their First Amendment right to free speech. On[Read More…]

January 17, 2019 Speech, Top Stories