Freedom of Speech

The First Amendment to the Constitution forbids Congress from passing any law abridging the freedom of speech. The Supreme Court has applied this limitation to state governments through the Fourteenth Amendment.

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Experts: Markey Proposal May Threaten Free Speech
Source: Boston Herald
Date: 4/23/14

Fallout From Fake Twitter Account Painfully Real For The One Man Arrested
Date: 4/19/14
Source: pjstar.com

Free speech: Students, UJ work together to protect freedom of speech through legislation
Date: 4/16/14
Source: Jamestown Sun

U.S. Supreme Court to consider Ohio ban on campaign lies
Date: 4/16/14
Source: NOLA.com

Settlement sought in free speech case by Christian student at TNCC
Date: 4/15/14
Source: Daily Press

U.S. appeals court finds conflict-minerals rule violates free speech
Date: 4/14/14
Source: Reuters

Judge says flashing headlights is free speech
Date: 4/11/14
Source: News & Observer

Mozilla CEO resignation raises free-speech issues
Date: 4/4/14
Source: USA Today

Do Students Still Have Free Speech in School?
Date: 4/7/14
Source: The Atlantic

Supreme Court to hear 1st Amendment challenge to labor unions
Date: 1/20/14
Source: LA Times

Tobacco companies will say they lied, via advertising
Date: 1/10/14
Source: USA Today

Ariz. Supreme Court allows candidates to accept larger donations
Date: 12/18/13
Source: Arizona Daily Star

Tea party and political buttons: Supreme Court declines Minnesota case
Date: 12/16/13
Source: CSM

2 New York City Colleges Draft Rules That Restrict Protests
Date: 12/10/13
Source: NY Times

ACLU awaits reply from Hampshire College on “censorship” of Afrobeat band Shokazoba, ejected from Hampshire Halloween performance lineup
Date: 12/5/13
Source: MassLive

Gun Ad Censorship Case Heard by Appeals Court
Date: 12/4/13
Source: The Washington Free Beacon

Judge Blocks School Board Subpoena Seeking Identity of Anonymous Blogger
Date: 12/5/13
Source: Montclair Patch

Justices hear protester’s appeal over speech rights on government easements
Date: 12/4/13
Source: CNN

Court reverses free speech verdict
Date: 12/5/13
Source: The Register Guard

ACLU-NJ: Subpoenas Issued by Montclair BOE Violate Freedom of Speech
Date: 12/4/13
Source: Montclair Patch

Ban on Phoenix bus-stop gun ad is back in court
Date: 12/2/13
Source: AZ Central

Atheist display to counter Nativity scene at Florida Capitol
Date: 12/4/13
Source: Fox News

SEC backs off corporate giving regs
Date: 12/2/13
Source: The Hill

Point student’s hate video ruled free speech
Date: 11/27/13
Source: Marshfield News Herald

ACLU sues county over removal of paintings
Date: 11/27/13
Source: San Bernardino County Sun

IRS moves to rein in tax-exempt groups after targeting scandal
Date: 11/27/13
Source: Fox News

Supreme Court agrees to review presidential protest case
Date: 11/26/13
Source: Reuters

State rejects “WAR SUX” license plate, Ann Arbor man sues
Date: 11/22/13
Source: Michigan Radio

ACLU settles with Ocean City, Md., on violinist’s rights
Date: 11/25/13
Source: USA Today

Proposed abortion clinic buffer zone could trigger third free speech lawsuit against Portland in less than two years
Date: 11/15/13
Source: Bangor Daily News

Businesses fined for putting up Toys for Tots signs
Date: 11/13/13
Source: WFTV

Weighing Free Speech in Refusal to Photograph Lesbian Couple’s Ceremony
Date: 11/18/13
Source: The New York Times

Merced City Council OKs anti-panhandling rule
Date: 11/18/13
Source: The Modesto Bee

Jury: Girls, Parents Liable For Calling Catholic Teacher “Perv”
Date: 11/18/13
Source: NBC Bay Area

Weighing Free Speech in Refusal to Photograph Lesbian Couple’s Ceremony
Date: 11/18/13
Source: The New York Times

NSA Squabbles With T-shirt Maker Over Free Speech
Date: 11/14/13
Source: Voice of America

Freedom of speech or eyesore?
Date: 11/14/13
Source: HTR News

Controversial Website Raises Legal Questions
Date: 11/14/13
Source: WHSV

Derogatory language resolution sparks controversy at ASUN meeting
Date: 11/14/13
Source: The Daily Nebraskan

Benton threatens lawsuit against outspoken critic
Date: 11/13/13
Source: The Columbian

Google gives first testimony before Congress since Snowden leaks
Date: 11/13/13
Source: The Chicago Tribune

Mall arrest sparks free-speech debate
Date: 11/12/13
Source: USA Today

ACLU has concerns over restrictions at neo-Nazi rally
Date: 11/8/13
Source: KCTV5

Psychics say soothsaying laws restrict free speech
Date: 11/4/13
Source: The Star Advertiser

Student arrested for filming outside of Brooklyn police stationhouse: suit
Date: 11/6/13
Source: New York Daily News

Arkansan Inventor of 3D Printed Gun causing International Controversy
Date: 11/4/13
Source: KATV

Federal judge rules UDOT curbed marchers’ free speech rights
Date: 11/5/13
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

Inevitable: ACLU of Idaho Launches Legal Challenge to Anti-Panhandling Ordinance
Date: 11/6/13
Source: Boise Weekly

Texas Can’t Ban Dirty Online Speech
Date: 11/1/13
Source: Courthouse News Service

ACLU calls Baltimore panhandling bill unconstitutional
Date: 11/1/13
Source: ABC 2 News

In debate over pornography, Orland Park library pleads the First
Date: 11/4/13
Source: Chicago Tribune

Fracking Concerns Won’t Kill PA Gag Rule
Date: 10/31/13
Source: Courthouse News Service

Most of lawsuit alleging malicious prosecution thrown out
Date: 10/31/13
Source: The Advocate

Marijuana ads stir the pot over drug safety, free speech
Date: 10/30/13
Source: McClatchy DC

U.S.A. Warns ‘Homeland Stupidity’ Parodist
Date: 10/30/13
Source: Courthouse News Service

Maui to Amend Sign Ordinance Under ACLU Settlement
Date: 10/28/13
Source: Maui News

Robinson sign law draws ACLU’s notice
Date: 10/25/13
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

SCOTUS decision could erase some campaign donation limits
Date: 10/26/13
Source: Sunday Gazette-Mail

Top court ruling upholds free speech, union lawyer says
Date: 10/24/13
Source: Vindy

ACLU files lawsuit over policy
Date: 10/23/13
Source: The Norwalk Reflector

Canton radio station owner’s free speech lawsuit against city thrown out
Date: 10/24/13
Source: The Clarion Ledger

Fired police officer wins first amendment case versus city
Date: 10/23/13
Source: The Rapid City Journal

NEW: Providence Hit with $75,000 Fine for Violation of Free Speech
Date: 10/21/13
Source: GoLocal Providence

Speaking out about free speech
Date: 10/18/13
Source: The Sentinel and Enterprise

Louisiana firefighter claims First Amendment rights after losing job over racy movie called ‘Mississippi Shakedown’
Date: 10/17/13
Source: Fox News

Utah Argues Plaintiffs Have No Standing to Challenge State’s New ‘Ag-Gag’ Law
Date: 10/17/13
Source: Food Safety News

Suit Could Determine Protections for Police Department Whistle-Blowers
Date: 10/13/13
Source: The New York Times

Judge says Pines didn’t violate ex-fire chief’s free speech rights
Date: 10/15/13
Source: The Sun Sentinel

Coin shop challenges Ohio law as free speech ban
Date: 10/12/13
Source: Cincinnati.com

A permit for panhandling? N.J. town wants to register beggars
Date: 10/10/13
Source: Fox News

Fired Phila. School Dist. Administrator can assert free speech violations in termination suit, judge rules
Date: 10/9/13
Source: The Pennsylvania Record

Chalking on public sidewalks is protected speech, according to Minnesota ACLU settlement
Date: 10/10/13
Source: Star Tribune- Minneapolis

ATF tries to block Fast and Furious whistle-blower from publishing book
Date: 10/8/13
Source: Fox News

Supreme Court to consider rolling back campaign donation limits
Date: 10/8/13
Source: CBS News

Ohio bill would prohibit conversion therapy of gay youths
Date: 10/7/13
Source: The Columbus Dispatch

Arizona’s Anti-Begging Law Is Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Rules
Date: 10/7/13
Source: Phoenix New Times

Money and politics high court’s first big case this term
Date: 10/6/13
Source: CNN

California enacts ban on ‘revenge porn’
Date: 10/2/13
Source: Detroit Free Press

Free speech ruling a worry to law enforcement
Date: 9/30/13
Source:Union Bulletin

Minnesota’s ban on suicide talk goes too far, court rules
Date: 9/30/13
Source: Star Tribune

Supreme Court case tests UW Regent’s right to quell disruptive protest

Date: 9/27/13
Source: The Capital Times

Banned Books Week: Books restricted or challenged in Utah
Date: 9/26/13
Source: Salt Lake Tribune

Berkeley school board changes policy, allows public to speak freely again at meetings

Date: 9/25/13
Source: The Post and Courier

Local man arrested while protesting red light cameras
Date: 9/18/13
Source: Orlando Sentinel

Court: Facebook ‘Like’ Is Protected By the First Amendment
Date: 9/18/13
Source: Wall Street Journal

1st Amendment cited in BLM wild horse fight
Date: 9/18/13
Source: The Bulletin

Army veteran fighting to get ‘INF1DL’ license plate
Date: 9/12/13
Source: Fox News

Supreme Court Weighs When Online Speech Becomes an Illegal Threat
Date: 9/17/13
Source: Wired

New Jersey’s Controversial Ban On Gay ‘Cure’ For Minors Will Face Legal Challenges
Date: 8/20/13
Source: Huffington Post

Court: Mich. Panhandling Law Violates Free Speech
Date: 8/17/13
Source: CBS

Supreme Court weighs restrictions that Congress can impose on groups it funds
Date: 4/22/13
Source: Washington Post

Controversial, anti-Jihad blogger Pamela Geller invited to speak at Edison synagogue Sunday
Date: 4/13/13
Source: NJ.com

Ben Carson Withdraws As Johns Hopkins Commencement Speaker After Gay Marriage Outcry
Date: 4/11/13
Source: Huffington Post

Delta College student claims freedom of speech violation
Date: 4/10/13
Source: WNEM.com

Rand Paul: “I’ve never wavered” in supporting Civil Rights Act
Date: 4/10/13
Source: CBS News

Sen. Stacey Campfield defiant in deposition over 2008 blog post about candidate
Date: 4/9/13
Source: The Tennessean

‘Jesus stomping’ incident raises freedom of conscience and speech issues for both sides of debate
Date: 4/1/13
Source: Deseret News

Supreme Court refuses airline challenge on fare rules
Date: 4/01/13
Source: USA Today

Supreme Court declines to hear controversial professor’s appeal
Date: 4/01/13
Source: Reuters