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Transparency: Lawsuit latest foray in battle for access to White House visitor logs

A lawsuit was filed this week to obtain visitor logs to the White House and Trump homes in New York and Florida. After legal action against President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama released logs monthly albeit with numerous exceptions. (Politico, April 10, 2017, by Josh Gerstein) Filed by several nonprofits including Citizens for Responsibility […]

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Twitter demonstrates its peck in resisting Trump demands for account details

The federal government backed off its attempt to force Twitter to surrender information about an anonymous account, withdrawing its demand a day after Twitter filed a suit to block the summons. (The New York Times, April 7, 2017, by Mike Isaac) Twitter stood up to federal government demands that it reveal the identity of an […]

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Federal appeals court blocks media quest for videos of Guantanamo force-feeding

The D.C. federal appeals court ruled that national security concerns were sufficient to block release of videos showing force-feeding of inmates during a hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay. The ruling reversed a lower court decision and sided with the government in their argument that access to videos could make it harder for guards to maintain […]

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College free speech: Supreme Court declines to hear case limiting speech on social media

The U.S. Supreme Court passed on a chance to extend student free speech in the social media. They let stand a 2016 Eighth Circuit Appeals Court ruling that backed the expulsion of a nursing student who said on Facebook that a classmate was a “stupid bitch.” The SPLC opposed the appeals court ruling for its […]

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Dramatic example of free scholastic press providing significant public service

Newspaper students in a small town in Kansas scored a victory for the free press and their community when they found that something was off about the credentials of their newly hired high school principal, Amy Robertson. In checking her background, they could not find any evidence of that the school where Robertson got her […]

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U.S. Supreme Court puts stamp of approval on ballot selfies

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a hearing on New Hampshire’s law banning ballot selfies, cementing in place the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the law was overbroad and interfered with First Amendment rights of voters. The court found that selfies posed no significant risk of intimidating voters. (Politico, April 3, 2017, by Josh […]

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Trump held to account for inciting violence at 2016 campaign rally

A Kentucky federal judge ruled against President Donald Trump, refusing to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that he incited violence against protesters in a 2016 campaign event in Louisville. Trump told supporters to “get ’em out of here,” referring to protesters who were then beaten and shoved. Trump’s attorneys argued on free speech grounds that Trump […]

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Trump’s threat on changing libel laws has no teeth

Once again President Donald trump has tweeted that he wants to change libel laws this time to get back at the New York Times. (Deadline Hollywood, March 30, 2017, by Lisa de Moraes) In The New York Times, March 30, 2017, Adam Liptak says the president cannot change libel laws since libel law is “a […]

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Federal appeals court blocks release of video by anti-abortion group

The 9th Circuit backed an injunction against anti-abortion proponents from releasing secret recordings of abortion providers. The anti-abortion group had signed an agreement not to distribute any information from the meeting without consent from the providers, the National Abortion Federation. The court ruled the information was obtained through fraud. The anti-abortion group said the information […]

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Campus free speech zones under fire

A Philadelphia college free speech organization is leading a challenge of “free speech zones” that they say unconstitutionally limits student speech. Colleges routinely adopt rules that establish the zones they say are needed to contain protests and isolate outside provocateurs. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) think the zones unnecessarily restrict free speech. […]

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