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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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TweetIn a new twist, Missouri residents went to the polls to make sure that their state constitution protects their right to religious freedom.   Of course, the U.S. Constitution did the reverse—it stated the right to religious freedom in the negative, i.e., that the U.S. Government could not do anything to abridge people’s religious freedom.  The […]

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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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TweetIn our increasingly social media savvy age,this was bound to occur sooner or later–a recent federal district court decision entitled Lyons v. Rienzi & Sons, Inc. et al.,  09 CV 4253 (E.D.N.Y. 2012) grappled with the issue of whether a Facebook page can be considered a contact with New York for purposes of exercising long-arm […]

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