The Minnesota Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether a Central Minnesota domestic violence support organization, which allowed a woman at a fundraiser to give a speech about her alleged domestic abuse, can be sued for defamation. The organization — Someplace Safe — also printed details in a newsletter.

The case brought by her ex-husband, whose name was not mentioned in either the speech or newsletter, was thrown out by a district court, but it was reinstated in February by the Minnesota Court of Appeals, which said a fundraising banquet isn’t the place to raise allegations of criminality. I wrote about it here.

Eugene Volokh, the UCLA free speech law professor, writes on his blog that he’s filing a friend of the court brief on behalf of the organization, which was sued because of Jacquelyn Jorud’s remarks when she received a “Survivor’s Award” at the dinner in Fergus Falls.

The Court of Appeals said the speech is not protected.

But, writing on his blog, Volokh says a newsletter published by an organization, has the same First Amendment protections as the daily paper, which would require ex-husband Kurt Maethner to prove malice in order to win a defamation case.

“Every other federal circuit court to consider this issue has likewise held that the First Amendment applies equally to media and nonmedia speakers in defamation actions,” Volokh writes, while noting he’s taking no position of whether Maethner was actually libeled by Someplace Safe, but that it’s newsletter enjoys the same First Amendment protections as a newspaper.

In February, Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Diane Bratvold wrote that Someplace Safe isn’t provided the same protection because the article it printed — basically written by the ex-wife — was not content from a wire service or other news service.

Germany’s Jewish community responded this week when a 21-year-old man wearing a Jewish skullcap, also called a kippa, was attacked by an assailant yelling “Yahudi!” — the Arabic word for Jew.

The victim told Deutsche Welle that he is actually an Israeli Arab who had donned the cap as an “experiment” to disprove a friend who warned that it had become unsafe to wear a kippa in Germany.

And so yesterday, Germans united.

Muslim woman Iman Jamous fixes the Jewish kippah on her head during a demonstration against antisemitism in Germany in Erfurt, Germany, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer) Muslim woman Samar Allaham, center, fixes the Jewish kippah on her head besides the Muslim woman Iman Jamous, right, during a demonstration against antisemitism in Germany in Erfurt, Germany, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Sharmake Mohamed, of Moorhead, is looking for work. He’s afraid of the railroad workers he transported for a living because they, apparently, are afraid of him.

WDAY reports Mohamed was driving the BNSF workers from Dilworth, Minn., to Wisconsin when he pulled over near Brainerd to take five minutes to pray.

He says he got out of the SUV in Brainerd, prayed, and when he came back, one of his riders was upset.

“He asked me not to go anywhere, and I said, ‘I am supposed to do my job.'”

In the video, a man is heard saying, “I don’t trust you people.”

When Mohamed asks him why, the man says, “You have a history of killing people with vehicles.”

Mohamed said he was shocked by what the worker said next: “Look at 9/11.”

He says the railroad workers got out of his vehicle and waited for a different driver. His company told him to return to Moorhead.

Mohamed told WDAY he can’t work at the job anymore because the riders are too dangerous.