The ACLU in Minnesota is pushing the city council in Excelsior, Minn., to reconsider its decision to deny a permit for a group that wanted to hold the Lake Minnetonka March for Our Lives, to show support for students who have marched for gun legislation in the wake of school shootings.
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A lesson in constitutional law from the back of a pickup truck
What we have here is the latest lesson in the First Amendment, courtesy of a sheriff in Texas who posted this image on his Facebook page, seeking to identify the driver so he could have a little chat with her. Read more →
MN Supreme Court throws out law against disorderly conduct at meetings
The Court ruled in the case of Robin Hensel, of Little Falls, who was cited for disorderly conduct after she moved her chairs closer to city councilors at a meeting, days after the Council rescheduled a meeting when Hensel displayed signs that depicted dead and deformed children, blocking the view of others in the audience. Read more →
The aftermath of the terrorism in Charlottesville has presented the greatest challenge to support for the breadth of the concept of free speech in years, and it appears to be softening.
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Anybody can support the rights of people we like. But it takes a true American patriot to recognize that the rights granted by the Constitution should be argued and defended on behalf of those we despise, too. Read more →
The Google engineer who thought the rest of his company should know that women are biologically inferior as members of the tech industry has been fired and believes his constitutional rights have been denied. Read more →
Where does one person’s right to free speech end and another’s begin? Read more →
Is whatever is embarrassing to the Wetterlings our business?
Can the media exercise restraint when keeping in mind that whatever is embarrassing to the Wetterlings, it had nothing to do with why their son is dead? Read more →
If you’re at all a fan of the First Amendment, there was plenty to like about today’s decision by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals striking down a Florida law that prohibited doctors from asking whether there are guns in the home. Read more →
The Superior Court of Pennsylvania made the ruling this week in the case of Jason Roy Waugaman, 35, who had dropped his kids off at his wife’s home during a custody exchange. She stood in front of his truck, he hit the gas to scare her and drove off while giving her the obscene gesture. Read more →
A history teacher in North Carolina is bound to get into some hot water for teaching kids about history, specifically the First Amendment of the Constitution which gives the right to burn, cut, or step on the American flag.
So that’s what Lee Francis did at his high school on Monday. Read more →
A Minnesota man asserted that offering women for prostitution was similar to promoting consenting adults in a porn film and therefore protected speech under the First Amendment. Chief Justice Lorie Gildea said no. Read more →
A divided Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday settled the question of whether the state’s courts have any business settling claims of defamation made by church officials while excommunicating parishioners.
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MN court: No free speech right to disrupt a meeting
Take note, people who demonstrate and disrupt government meetings. You don’t have a free speech right to do so, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled today.
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If we can defend the right to burn a cross in St. Paul, we can surely defend the right to post a message on Facebook, or to be compelled by the government to post something on Twitter. Read more →