Tag Archives: first amendment

FBI Online Surveillance Tactic Violates Freedom of Speech, Says Judge

A court in California has ruled an FBI surveillance tactic unconstitutional.  The tool involves the administrative issuance of national security letters – a document that allows FBI agents to demand information about customers from internet service providers.  Further, the ISPs…

Does Freedom of Speech Protect Burning the Koran?

 Earlier this week, a Florida pastor announced his plans to burn copies of the Islamic holy document, the Koran, on September 11. His plan was met with widespread criticism, including the US Attorney General and President Obama. While the consensus…

Free Speech? Attorney General Slams Pastor’s Plan to Burn Koran

In a private meeting with leaders of various religions, Attorney General Eric Holder expressed his dismay at a Florida pastor’s plan to burn copies of the Koran. According to a person in attendance, Holder called it "idiotic and dangerous." Holder…

Explicit Lyrics? Defendant Jailed for Making YouTube Video About Judge

US Army Sergeant Franklin Delano Jeffries II grew weary and frustrated with a custody battle for his daughter and took to YouTube to voice his frustrations. That video, however, has landed him in hot water and resulted in a new…

City Not Allowed to Evict Boy Scouts Because of Anti-Gay Policy

A Philadelphia jury held that the city violated the Boy Scouts freedom of association rights by trying to evict them from a city owned building. The city said the Boy Scouts anti-gay policies violated the city’s anti-discrimination statutes. The Boy…

Appeals Court Strikes Down Prohibitions on Attorney Advertising

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down restrictions on attorney advertising that were imposed by the state of New York. New York had imposed a variety of restrictions, and although the court did not strike down all of…

Do individuals have a right of informational privacy?

The Supreme Court is set to decide whether individuals have a right of informational privacy under the First Amendment. The underlying facts involve government contract workers at NASA who seek to protect information about their personal lives, from personal finances…