Today in 1986: SCOTUS limits student free speech

Jul 7, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

On July 7, 1986, the Supreme Court limited the constitutional freedom of speech protections afforded to students in its Bethel School District v. Fraser ruling.

Today in 2003: The Supreme Court finds cross-burning to be constitutionally-protected “speech”

Apr 7, 2016 By: Jeremy Byellin

Virginia v. Black, decided 13 years ago today, on April 7, 2003, held that cross-burning, without an intent to intimidate, is constitutionally-protected speech under the First Amendment.

High school student suspended over tweet to receive $425,000 settlement

Dec 10, 2015 By: Jeremy Byellin

The high school student that was suspended last year over tweeting “actually yes” has just settled his civil suit against the school and city for $425,000.

Colorado Judge Finds Campaign Law Violation in Social Media Post

Nov 2, 2015 By: Craig Blakeley

A school board election campaign in Colorado has generated a controversial interpretation of campaign laws in the context of social media.

America’s War on Digital Media

Oct 2, 2012 By: Craig Blakeley and Jeff Matsuura

The U.S. Government has effectively declared war on WikiLeaks and its supporters, enabling far more drastic penalties under the rules of war.

Hot Docs: Civil rights group challenges animal terrorism law

Dec 29, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

A civil rights group is challenging the constitutionality of 2006’s Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, claiming it is overbroad, vague, and a content-based restriction.

Today in 1940: Supreme Court affirms compulsory Pledge of Allegiance

Jun 3, 2011 By: Jeremy Byellin

On June 3, 1940, the Supreme Court decided Minersville School District v. Gobitis, upholding compulsory Pledge of Allegiance laws. It was overruled three years later.