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Sony Seeks To Scare Press Away From Publishing Information Obtained in Hacking Attack

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Sony is warning the press not to publish material leaked by hackers, but it doesn’t have much of a legal leg to stand on.

Justice Department Won’t Force One Reporter To Testify, Faces A Choice On Another

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The Justice Department won’t force James Risen to testify in a legal investigation, but faces a new choice in a different case.

Supreme Court To Decide If State Can Deny License Plate With Confederate Flag Design

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The Supreme Court is set to decide if the state can deny a license plate with the Confederate flag design because it is “offensive.”

No, Michael Brown’s Stepfather Should Not Be Charged With Incitement To Riot

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Michael Brown’s stepfather made incendiary comments in the wake of the Grand Jury announcement, but they do not amount to a crime.

Supreme Court Searches For Dividing Line Between Free Speech And Illegal Online Threats

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The Justices of the Supreme Court seemed to struggle yesterday to find an easy way to draw a line between protected speech and the kind of threats that are not protected by the First Amendment.

Idaho City Backs Down In Dispute With Ministers Over Same-Sex Marriage

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The City of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho will not force two Christian ministers to open their wedding chapel business to same-sex wedding ceremonies.

Idaho Ministers Threatened With Jail For Refusing To Perform Same-Sex Wedding Ceremonies

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A collision between marriage equality and religious liberty, but it seems clear that religious liberty should win this one.

The Supreme Court Has A First Amendment Problem Right At Its Front Doorstep

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The Roberts court has been very good on First Amendment issues, but it needs to address the First Amendment issue right outside its front windows.

Citizens United And Hobby Lobby Are About Individual Rights, Not ‘Corporate Rights’

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Much of the criticism of Hobby Lobby, and Citizens United before it, is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of what those decisions stand for.

Supreme Court: Some Employers Can Refuse To Cover Contraceptives For Religious Reasons

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Hobby Lobby wins, but it’s unclear just how far this opinion will go.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

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Another solid victory for the First Amendment from the Roberts Court.

Where’s The Line Between Protected Online Speech And Criminal Threats?

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Next term, the Supreme Court will try to decide when online speech crosses the line and becomes a criminal threat.

Supreme Court Allows Challenge To Law Against Election “Lies” To Go Forward

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A hopeful First Amendment decision from the Supreme Court.

Federal Judge Orders Cong. John Conyers Placed Back On Ballot

Reps Hold News Conference At Capitol On Free Flow Of Information Act Of 2013

One of the longest serving Members of Congress just got his political career saved.

Texas High School Student Suspended For Refusing To Stand During Pledge Of Allegiance

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A pretty clear violation of the First Amendment.

Virginia County Considers Banning People From Meeting In Their Own Homes

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One Virginia county wants to regulate how many people you can have in your home for a visit.