First Amendment to the United States Constitution

People wait in line for the beginning of the Supreme Court 2013-2014 opening term in Washington, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Court wrestling with prayer at NY town’s meetings

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is wrestling with the appropriate role for religion in government in a case involving prayers at the start of a New York town’s council meetings. The justices engaged in […]

11/06/2013

Court considers Calif. school’s May 5 US flag ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday wrestled with the novel question of whether it was offensive for Northern California high school students to display the American flag during a school day […]

10/17/2013

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Court rules that clicking ‘Like’ on Facebook is free speech

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Clicking “Like” on Facebook is constitutionally protected free speech and can be considered the 21st century-equivalent of a campaign yard sign, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The 4th U.S. Circuit […]

09/18/2013

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Jury finds website defamed ex-Bengals cheerleader

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader won a defamation lawsuit Thursday against a gossip website in a case that has been watched by First Amendment experts around the country. Sarah Jones wiped […]

07/11/2013

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Google asks FISA court to lift gag order

WASHINGTON (AP) — Google on Tuesday sharply challenged the federal government’s gag order on its Internet surveillance program, citing what it described as a First Amendment right to divulge how many requests it receives from […]

06/18/2013

Stolen Valor

Obama signs bill on lying about military medals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has signed a bill making it a crime to lie about receiving a military medal. The Stolen Valor Act cleared both chambers of Congress last […]

06/03/2013

Judge: Free rabbi after he refused to testify

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge has ordered a Brooklyn orthodox rabbi be freed after he refused to answer questions, saying his religion forbids him from testifying against other Jews. The Los […]

12/11/2012

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Calif. gay therapy ban sparks competing rulings

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Two federal judges in California have arrived at opposite conclusions on whether the state’s first-of-its-kind law prohibiting licensed psychotherapists from trying to change the sexual orientations of gay minors violates the Constitution. The measure remains clear to take effect on Jan.1.

12/04/2012

Judge tosses anti-paparazzi counts in Bieber case

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A judge dealt a blow Wednesday to a California law meant to crack down on reckless driving by paparazzi by saying the statute is overly broad and should not be used […]

11/14/2012

Mass. AG: Town's no-swearing rule legally suspect

BOSTON (AP) – Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is recommending that the town of Middleborough change or repeal a bylaw that prohibits public profanity. The town approved a proposal this summer that would allow police […]

10/09/2012

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