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Federal appeals court upholds NYC ban on religious services in schools
April 4, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Thursday upheld a regulation by the New York City Board of Education banning religious groups from holding worship services in school buildings. The ruling reverses a district court's 2012 decision that the ban violated the Free Exercise and Establis....... [more]

Supreme Court lifts limits on aggregate campaign donations
April 2, 2014
The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Wednesday in McCutcheon v. FEC that limits on overall campaign contributions by individual donors are unconstitutional. The court previously held in Buckley v. Valeo that limits on contributions implicate First Amendment interests but that limits may be imposed so long....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against Chinese search engine Baidu
March 28, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit brought by eight New Yorkers claiming that Chinese search engineBaidu's algorithms illegally block political speech. The plaintiffs, writers and video producers, claimed that the search engine pre....... [more]

The Passing of Fred Phelps and Challenges to First Amendment Freedom of (and from) Speech
March 23, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law considers the life and times of the late First Amendment advocate-antagonist Fred Phelps ...JURIST has previously examined the strident First Amendment struggles of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), founded in Topeka, KS in 1955, that b....... [more]

Illinois top court strikes down eavesdropping law
March 21, 2014
The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday declared one of the nation's harshest eavesdropping laws unconstitutional, stating the law was severely broad and violated basic free speech rights. The court ruled Thursday in People v. Clark and People v. Melongo, which both dealt with audio recording, strik....... [more]

Maine Median Strip Ordinance Unconstitutional
March 14, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Zachary L. Heiden, Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, says that the Portland, Maine ordinance banning anyone from standing, sitting or loitering in any median strip is a content-based restriction that fails to comply with the First Amendment...In Cu....... [more]

Heckler's Vetoes in High School
March 7, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Ashutosh Bhagwat of University of California, Davis School of Law argues the US Court of Appeals' decision to uphold the ban on American flag shirts at Live Oak High School on Cinco de Mayo may have constituted a heckler's veto over the rights of free speech ...On February 27....... [more]

Ninth Circuit upholds school's ban on US flag t-shirts
February 28, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday that a California public school's request for students to remove their American flag t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo was not a violation of their First Amendment rights. On Cinco de Mayo 2010, a teacher at Live Oak high School asked for certain....... [more]

Philippines high court upholds portions of cybercrime law
February 18, 2014
The Philippines Supreme Court ruled Tuesday the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Act), which penalizes libel online, is constitutional, despite a number of petitions challenging the law on the grounds that it unjustly limits citizens' rights including free speech. The Act combats various online c....... [more]

Israel court to rule on anti-boycott law
February 17, 2014
Israeli rights groups on Sunday asked the Supreme Court to overturn the 2011 law that prevents Israelis from calling for a boycott of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, claiming that it violates the right to free speech. Although there is no precedent for it as of yet, the law makes a boycott call....... [more]

Saudi Arabia king ratifies counterterrorism law
February 2, 2014
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz ratified a new counterterrorism law that goes into effect Sunday in the Arab nation, drawing criticism from human rights groups who argue the law unduly restricts free speech. The law is composed of 41 articles, and it states that any act which undermines t....... [more]


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