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Federal Judge Finds Neo Nazi Publisher “Acted with Actual Malice”

Federal Judge Finds Neo Nazi Publisher “Acted with Actual Malice”

A federal magistrate judge in Montana found that Andrew Anglin, publisher of Daily Stormer, a white nationalist website, “acted with actual malice” when he shared a Jewish woman’s contact information and instructed his readers to target her. “There are only 6,000 Jews in the entire state of Montana, yet they’re 100% of the people trying to silence Richard Spencer by harassing his mother,” Anglin wrote, according to The Washington Post. “So then – Let’s Hit Em Up. Are y’all ready for an old fashioned Troll Storm?” 

July 16, 2019 Uncategorized
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Faces Two Federal Lawsuits for Blocking Twitter Users

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Faces Two Federal Lawsuits for Blocking Twitter Users

July 10, 2019 Former New York assemblyman Dov Hikind and Republican congressional candidate Joseph Saladino are suing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for blocking them on Twitter.  The lawsuits were filed soon after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that President Trump’s Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, was a public forum, and as such, blocking critics was a violation of[Read More…]

Americans are Becoming More Aware of Their First Amendment Rights

Americans are Becoming More Aware of Their First Amendment Rights

Americans are becoming increasingly aware of their rights under the First Amendment, according to the 2019 State of the First Amendment survey released by the Freedom Forum Institute. The survey found that 71 percent of respondents were able to name at least one First Amendment right, compared to just 51 percent of respondents in the 2018 survey.

Freedom of speech (64 percent) was the most commonly recalled right guaranteed by the First Amendment. Next was freedom of religion (29 percent), freedom of the press (22 percent) and right of assembly (12 percent). At just four percent, the right to petition was the least likely of the five freedoms to be recalled.

July 1, 2019 Below the Fold, Uncategorized
Teacher Sues Indiana School District For Free Speech Violations Over Its Transgender Student Policy

Teacher Sues Indiana School District For Free Speech Violations Over Its Transgender Student Policy

June 18, 2019 A music teacher filed a suit in federal court in Indiana after disagreeing with a school district policy requiring teachers to call transgender students by their preferred names rather than their birth names. The teacher, John Kluge, claims the school policy conflicted with his Christian beliefs and alleges he was forced to resign. Kluge alleges the Brownsburg[Read More…]

June 24, 2019 Below the Fold, Uncategorized
People leave the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C, U.S., June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

Supreme Court Rules That NYC Public Access Channel Is Not a Public Forum

June 17, 2019 The Supreme Court weighed in on a case over whether a public access channel should be considered a private actor or a public forum. In 2012, nonprofit Manhattan Community Access Corporation (MNN) refused to air a video by producer DeeDee Halleck and playwright Jesus Melendez, claiming that the video contained threatening language. Halleck and Menendez sued MNN,[Read More…]

June 24, 2019 Below the Fold, Uncategorized
Rhode Island ACLU Representing Blogger in Prior Restraint Case

Rhode Island ACLU Representing Blogger in Prior Restraint Case

June 20, 2019 The ACLU of Rhode Island has taken on the case of Massachusetts blogger whose content was censored by a Rhode Island Superior Court judge. In February, Aidan Kearney, who runs a website called “Turtleboy Sports,” reposted a video and numerous Facebook comments by Rhode Island resident Kathryn Narcisi, after she had published a request for media coverage[Read More…]

“First Amendment Auditors” Sue Boulder Police Department For Violating Their First Amendment Rights

“First Amendment Auditors” Sue Boulder Police Department For Violating Their First Amendment Rights

For an in depth examination of First Amendment Auditors and the right to film in public, click on the link below: June 13, 2019 Two self-described “First Amendment auditors” are suing the city of Boulder and its police department for violating their First Amendment right to videotape public officials in public places. On December 28, 2018, Jedon Kerr and Dean[Read More…]

June 19, 2019 Below the Fold, Uncategorized
The sign for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School Newtown, Connecticut, U.S. July 29,2016. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin

Sandy Hook Victim’s Father Wins Defamation Suit Against Conspiracy Book’s Editors

A Wisconsin judge ruled that the co-editors of a book that claimed that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax were guilty of defamation. Following the December 2012 mass shooting, James Fetzer and Michael Palecek published a book, “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook: It was a FEMA Drill to Promote Gun Control,” claiming that the federal agency had staged the event to promote gun control. The book also claimed the Leonard Pozner, the father of the youngest Sandy Hook victim, was complicit in the conspiracy, and had fabricated his son’s death certificate.

June 19, 2019 Top Stories, Uncategorized
Kyle Kashuv addresses the 148th National Rifle Association (NRA) annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S., April 26, 2019. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Parkland Shooting Survivor Lost Spot at Harvard Due to Earlier Racist Remarks

Kyle Kashuv, a Parkland School shooting survivor who stood out from his peers due to his gun support stance, was denied admission to Harvard after the university discovered a litany of racist remarks he made when he was 16 years old. In May, a former classmate released video screen shots of a Google Doc Kashuv and other students shared, showing Kashuv using a racial slur for African Americans more than a dozen times. The classmate also released a screen shot of a text message written by Kashuv that shows him using the same racial slur about black student athletes.

June 18, 2019 Below the Fold, Speech, Uncategorized
Bakery Awarded $44 Million in Total Damages in Defamation Suit Against Oberlin College

Bakery Awarded $44 Million in Total Damages in Defamation Suit Against Oberlin College

A jury in Ohio awarded $33 million in punitive damages to a local bakery that had sued Oberlin College for libel and slander. The complaint filed in Ohio state court in November 2017, alleged that Oberlin was complicit in supporting and encouraging student protests against Gibson’s bakery following the arrests of three African American students. Oberlin students began protesting the store, passing out fliers calling the bakery “a racist establishment with a long account of racial profiling and discrimination.”

June 17, 2019 Below the Fold, Libel, Uncategorized