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BBC Cameraman Shoved By Trump Supported During Rally In El Paso, Texas

28 Feb

This event is fairly recent.  Before I get into the legal and ethical importance, I first have to talk about how in May of 2018, it was ruled unconstitutional for President Trump to block people on twitter who had differing ideas. (https://thehill.com/regulation/389021-judge-rules-trump-cant-block-users-on-twitter)   That was seen as an attack on the first amendment.  Here we are […]

Parents of Teen MAGA Supporter Sue Washington Post for $250 Million for Targeting Teen

28 Feb

By: Jentzen Kowcheck Are civil lawsuits under The First Amendment often aggressively pushed by law or from attention in the media? On February 20, 2019 at the Lincoln Memorial, a Kentucky teen participated in a viral encounter with Native American activist, Nathan Phillips at a March for Life anti-abortion rally. The parents of this teenager, […]

Justice Clarence Thomas calls for reconsideration in 1964 Sullivan ruling

28 Feb

Clarence Thomas, Associated Judge of the Supreme Court of the United States, has called on his colleagues in the Court to revisit the decision of the New York Times v. Sullivan case of 1964. While denying the case of Bill Cosby’s sexual misconduct to be heard in the Supreme Court, Thomas argued that the ruling […]

Public Officials Cannot Block Constituents on Social Media

28 Feb

By Sydney Hartman There are so many ways we can use social media to exercise free speech; but have you thought about how social media can limit free speech? On January 7, 2019, a federal appeals court ruled that public officials cannot block their constituents on social media because it violates the First Amendment. In […]

The Latest Installment of Trump vs. “The Media”

28 Feb

by Mia Edmundson Trump Directed Press Sec. Sanders ‘Not To Bother’ Holding Daily Briefings Since taking office in 2016, there has been a seemingly endless battle between President Trump and “the media.” From the beginning of his term in office, Trump has not been afraid to vocalize his dislike for “the media”—even though “the media” […]

Politicians Block Liberal Advocacy Group on Twitter

28 Feb

In a recent article published on The Amendment Watch Website, “Another Judge Rules That Politicians Censoring Critics On Twitter Violates The First Amendment.” Three Wisconsin politicians, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, Representative  John Nygren and Jesse Kremer, were accused of violating the First Amendment rights of a liberal advocacy group after blocking the group on Twitter. […]

Arkansas School District Allows The Re-Publication Of Student Newspaper Article

28 Feb

On December 6, 2018 an article titled “Arkansas Student Newspaper Overcomes Censorship Dispute” was posted to the First Amendment Watch website. According to the article there was a dispute between a school district and a high school newspaper organization about an article they posted. The article discussed a controversial topic at the time. Six students […]

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Wants Important Libel Case to be Reevaluated

28 Feb

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has called on the Supreme Court to reevaluate it’s decision in the Times vs. Sullivan libel case from 1964. This case set the standard for libel limitations for public figures. This ruling developed the idea of ‘actual malice’ and that it had to be proven to be libelous. This makes it […]

Supreme Court Justice Calls to Revisit Landmark 1st Amendment Case

27 Feb

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has recently called on the court to reconsider a ruling in the case New York Times vs. Sullivan, an important ruling that makes it difficult for public figures to win in libel cases. The supreme court ruled on the case of New York Times vs Sullivan in 1964 after a […]

Wisconsin District Court upholds a standard for social media as a public forum

27 Feb

According to First Amendment Watch, three Republican legislators in Wisconsin were recently found guilty of violating the First Amendment in federal court. Wisconsin State Assembly members Jesse Kramer, John Nygren, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos blocked liberal group One Wisconsin Now on the social media platform Twitter, prompting the group to file a lawsuit against […]