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TweetFilmmaker Ken Burns is locked in a legal battle with the City of New York over his first Amendment rights to keep footage and research from his documentary film, The Central Park Five. The film chronicles the story of five men imprisoned for a 1989 rape of a jogger in Central Park.  All five were […]

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TweetA prisoner serving time in a Philadelphia prison is making a novel legal argument after being denied access to popular social media website Facebook. He claims his First Amendment rights have been violated. The prisoner did not seek to log on to Facebook, but rather received printouts from the site through the U.S. Mail. After […]

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TweetAccording to the Supreme Court, you can falsely state that you were awarded military medals because that is protected free speech under the First Amendment.  However, according to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, falsely and fraudulently wearing such medals on your chest constitutes a crime. A couple of months ago, the Supreme Court declared that […]

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TweetClasses were cancelled at Charlotte School of Law. However, class is not out for some of the law students who are instead wearing neon green hats to monitor the police and protesters at the Democratic National Convention taking place in Charlotte. The students were pressed into service as legal observers.  They are charged with supervising events […]

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TweetJohn Berry, a Kentucky attorney, recently prevailed in a lawsuit which challenged his right to exercise his First Amendment right to free speech.  Berry had criticized the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission investigation into the alleged fundraising violations by a state senator.  Specifically, Berry attended a LEC meeting that eventually went into an executive session.  Berry and […]

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TweetRecently a federal district judge in New York ruled that New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s restriction on “demeaning” speech was violative of the U.S. Constitution. See American Freedom Defense Initiative v. Metropolitan Transportation Authority, No. 11-cv-6774 (S.D.N.Y. 2012) Specifically, the MTA refused to run an advertisement that was anti-jihad. The ad stated “In Any War […]

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TweetRecently the Second Circuit threw out a challenge to New York’s Kosher Act of 2004 in a case entitled Commack Self-Service Kosher Meats, Inc. v. Hooker, 11-3517-cv (2d Cir. 5/10/12). Plaintiffs challenged New York’s Kosher Law Protection Act of 2004 as violating the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment.  They also argued […]

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TweetWhen do on-line transactions originating from out-of-state afford courts long-arm jurisdiction over a non-domiciliary defendant?  A New York court answered this question in the recent opinion, Deer Consumer Products, Inc. v. Little and John Does 1-10 and Seeking Alpha Ltd., Index No.: 650823/11, 2012 N.Y. Slip Op. 22021 (1/27/12, N.Y. Sup. Ct., New York Co., […]

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