April 4, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
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 ...[read more]
April 2, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
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 ...[read more]
March 28, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
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 ...[read more]
March 23, 2014
by Brent Nesbitt
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 ...[read more]
March 14, 2014
by Stephen Krug
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 ...[read more]
February 28, 2014
by William Helbling
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 ...[read more]
January 28, 2014
by Neil Devlin
The Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act (PPACA), signed into law on March 23, 2010, mandates employers to offer their employees health insurance options that provide preventative contraceptive services, such as birth control without co-payments. The PPACA's contraception mandate has ...[read more]
January 19, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina on Friday ruled that a North Carolina state law requiring women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound procedure is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment rights of physicians and patients. The ...[read more]
December 15, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
The US District Court for the District of Utah struck down part of Utah's anti-bigamy law on Friday in the case of Brown v. Buhman, holding that the cohabitation prong of the state law is a facial violation of the free exercise of religion under the First Amendment. Judge Clark Waddoups, in a 91... ...[read more]
November 15, 2013
by Neil Devlin
On November 6, 2013, the US Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of legislative prayer. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled in Town of Greece v. Galloway that an opening prayer in a town meeting amounted to the government endorsing Christianity. Therefore, the ...[read more]

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