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United States: Federal judge rules Trump’s Twitter account is a public forum – Clay Calvert

File 20180524 51135 12psfdb.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1A federal judge in New York has ruled that President Donald Trump cannot block people from following or viewing his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account. While the case will likely be appealed and could reach the U.S. Supreme Court, the decision is a resounding victory for the First Amendment right of citizens to speak to and disagree with government officials in the social media era. Continue reading

United States: The High School Teacher, the Blog and the First Amendment – Susan Brenner

Classroom_3rd_floorNatalie Munroe filed a federal civil rights suit under 42 U.S. Code § 1983 against the Central Bucks (Pennsylvania) School District, its Superintendent N. Robert Laws, and Principal Abram Lucabaugh, alleging that “the school administration harassed and eventually terminated her after discovering a private blog in which Munroe has expressed criticism of the school, her co-workers, and her students.”  Munroe v. Central Bucks School District, 2014 WL 3700325 (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania 2014). Continue reading

US Case Law, Tattooing is constitutionally protected free speech, Coleman v City of Mesa

We had, last week, another reminder of the extraordinary reach of the First Amendment right to free speech. Arizona’s Supreme Court has held that tattooing is a “constitutionally protected free speech”.  It appears that this is the first decision by a State Supreme Court giving such recognition to what the court described as “tattoo artists”. Continue reading

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