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Whistleblower Suits Do Not Violate 1st Amendment // Pharmalot - 0 views

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    60-day whistleblower case seals do not violate the 1st Amendment, according to 4th Circuit judges.
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Censorship 101: Angry Colorado Principal Shuts Down High School Newspaper | Change.org ... - 0 views

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    High school newspaper in Colorado shut down over baseless "budget concerns" by principal
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Demand for Emails of Wisconsin Professor Raises Legal Questions - FIRE - 0 views

  • To the extent that a Wisconsin public university faculty member's emails are connected to a "government function," they may be covered under the state's Open Records law. But whether Cronon's emails meet this criterion is not presently clear. And even then, the court held in Schill that if the emails are in fact records, "then the court must undertake a balancing test to decide whether the statutory presumption favoring disclosure of public records is outweighed by any other public interest."
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    To the extent that a Wisconsin public university faculty member's emails are connected to a "government function," they may be covered under the state's Open Records law. But whether Cronon's emails meet this criterion is not presently clear. And even then, the court held in Schill that if the emails are in fact records, "then the court must undertake a balancing test to decide whether the statutory presumption favoring disclosure of public records is outweighed by any other public interest."
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Iowa Considers Criminalizing Undercover Videos of Farm Animal Abuse - 0 views

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    According to Democracy Now!, Iowa lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit animal rights activists from recording undercover videos of farm animals being abused. The bill, which has garnered support from the state's agricultural industry, would impose fines and jail time on anyone who seeks employment in an agricultural position in order to capture the footage. Undercover videos in recent years have led to numerous plant closures and meat recalls after revelations of mistreatment of cows, pigs, and other farm animals.
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Supreme Court and privacy: Its evolving view could hurt the First Amendment. - 0 views

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    Thomas and Alito tend to view the American public and the media largely through the prism of their own confirmation hearings-which they found to be painful and humiliating. They both appear to believe that allowing a camera into a room transforms any event into a "raucous media event" (to use Alito's language from the Westboro Church opinion).
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Golden Anniversary of Supreme Court ruling protecting anonymous speech - 0 views

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    The Supreme Court ruled more than 50 years ago today that the First Amendment protects a right to anonymous speech.

    In Talley v. California (1960), the Court ruled in favor of civil rights activist Manuel Talley in a decision that remains a valuable precedent, particularly in the age of Internet and its amplification of anonymous speech.
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Scopes Strategy: Creationists Try New Tactics to Promote Anti-Evolutionary Teaching in ... - 0 views

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    Under the guise of "academic freedom" creationists are co-opting some old heroes of the fight to teach evolution in the classroom for their anti-science campaign.
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