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Freedom of Speech

Hazma Kashgari Faces Death Penalty in Saudi Arabia for Apostasy

February 12, 2012

Hazma Kashgari, a 23-year-old Saudi journalist, faces the death penalty for tweeting his doubts about the divinity of the Prophet Mohammed.  This is a reminder of our own struggles to establish freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

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Lexington, Virginia, Chooses Not to Fly the Confederate Flag

September 3, 2011

Does a city have a constitutional right not to fly a particular flag?

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New England Journal of Medicine Article on the First Amendment and Commercial Speech in the Public Health Context

August 19, 2011

On August 3, the New England Journal of Medicine published Higher First Amendment Hurdles for Public Health Regulation by Kevin Outterson.  This brief essay contains an excellent review of the commercial speech doctrine in general and the Supreme Court's recent decision in Sorrell v. IMS Health, Inc. in particular.

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NPR's Firing of Juan Williams

July 27, 2011

In October 2010 commentator Juan Williams was fired from NPR for remarks he made about Muslims.  His firing was unjustified.

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2010-2011 Supreme Court Term: Decision in Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom PAC v. Bennett

July 3, 2011

To no-one's surprise, a majority of the Supreme Court voted to strike down an Arizona law that provided public funds to political candidates matching the amounts raised their opponents.

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2010-2011 Supreme Court Term: Decision in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association

June 28, 2011

Yesterday the Supreme Court released its decision in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association.  The Court struck down a California law that made it illegal for merchants to sell violent video games to children.  The Court found that this law violates the First Amendment.

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2010-2011 Supreme Court Term: Decision in Sorrell v. IMS Health, Inc.

June 24, 2011

The Supreme Court has issued its decision in Sorrell v. IMS Health, Inc.  The most significant aspect of this case is that the Court, by a vote of 6-3, recognizes that business enterprises have a First Amendment right to sell and purchase information generated by commercial transactions.  This case extends and expands the recent trend finding that [...]

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Are the New Cigarette Warning Labels Constitutional?

June 21, 2011

The federal Food and Drug Administration has designed nine new warning labels for cigarette packages and advertisements depicting graphic color images of persons suffering the effects of smoking, including a close-up of cancerous mouth sores,  a man smoking through a tracheotomy, a mother blowing smoke at her baby, and a corpse.  Is it constitutional under the First Amendment [...]

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Gay Marriage and the First Amendment

April 18, 2011

Professor Will Huhn is quoted in a Westlaw News and Insight story on gay marriage and the First Amendment. Read the story here .

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French Ban on Face Veils Takes Effect Today

April 11, 2011

A new law takes effect in France today prohibiting women from wearing face veils in public.

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Net Neutrality Update

April 10, 2011

The Republican-dominated House of Representatives voted Friday to repeal the FCC's "Net Neutrality" regulations.  Democrats vow to retain the rules.  Both sides accuse the other of being "anti-innovation".

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Blasphemy!

March 27, 2011

The assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti is indeed an act of blasphemy – a betrayal of the fundamental principles of freedom and equality that Pakistan was founded upon.

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