free speech

August 20, 2015

SO SPOKE… WHO?

The murderous rampage by a racist young man who wrapped himself in the confederate flag jolted the previously somnolent debate about the meaning of that flag.  […]
August 17, 2015

FOLLOW THE SIGNS

Under one municipal code, signs advocating this or that political opinion or philosophy are limited to 20 square feet; campaign signs may grow to 32 square […]
September 18, 2014

GUARDRAILS ON THE INFORMATION SUPERHIGHWAY

On the information superhighway, the guardrails protecting the institutional press also protect the rest of us.  An Opinion earlier this year on the other side of […]
September 5, 2014

PUBLIC EMPLOYEES’ FREE SPEECH RIGHTS, LTD

The First Amendment states that “Congress” shall make no laws abridging the freedom of speech.  Because its protection was expanded by operation of the 14th Amendment, […]
March 12, 2014

AT THE SCHOOLHOUSE’S STEPS

Courts have paid lip service on more than one occasion to the proposition that public school students do not shed their rights at the school’s doors.  […]
February 12, 2014

TESTING SPEECH

Freedom of speech means protecting speech we disagree with – even speech we hate.  The Supreme Court reminded us of that, for example, when it upheld […]
January 13, 2014

DIFFICULT QUESTIONS ABOUT PINK BRACELETS

A breast-cancer awareness bracelet bears the message “I ♥ Boobies”.  The question asked to a Federal Court of Appeals is whether, when that message is worn […]