Posts by Douglas E. Lee:
Illinois attorney general’s decision not to appeal ruling protecting two pharmacies from punishment for refusing to dispense ‘morning-after’ pills may have national implications.
Rousing success of state Supreme Court policy is pleasing the news media, converting skeptics who initially opposed allowing broadcast and electronic coverage from courtrooms.
Compared with other FOIA cases featuring interminable delays and years in court, the decision in Rock River Times is a significant victory for open government.
Because newspaper’s whistleblowing reports on Philadelphia councilwoman omitted crucial facts, Pennsylvania Superior Court says, a jury might find she was placed in a false light.
Michael Panter relied on both the state reporter’s privilege law and his ability to disregard ‘odious’ behavior in refusing to force TechnoBuffalo to identify source.
Federal judge follows 7th Circuit trend in which courts have interpreted Garcetti more narrowly, allowing public employees to both participate in public debate and retain their jobs.
Ruling allowing West Virginia man’s retaliation suit to proceed is a reaffirmation that public employees can prevail in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Garcetti decision.
Richard Posner of the 7th Circuit says in dissent in Illinois audio-recording case that ‘the constitutional right of free speech, as construed nowadays, is nowhere to be found in the Constitution.’
Saying ‘friendship cannot have greater status than political speech,’ panel rejects woman’s claim that Illinois village violated her freedom of association by firing her because of her ties to the ex-village manager.
Disagreeing with two other circuit courts, three-judge panel finds that parts of two federal statutes aimed at preventing use of children in sexually explicit videos may violate First Amendment.
It’s good news for almost everyone as federal judge orders Chicago State University to reinstate adviser fired in dispute over stories that ran in the college newspaper.
Unless there’s actual malice, ‘more speech, not damages, is the right strike-back against superheated or false rhetoric,’ appeals court rules in case involving 2010 Maine Senate race.
Appeals court affirms trial court’s decision that New York’s shield law protects unpublished information.
Court finds Teresa Wagner, who applied for positions at the University of Iowa College of Law, presented enough evidence of political discrimination to be allowed to proceed to trial.
7th Circuit holds that Waukegan, Ill., mayor violated First Amendment rights of man at public meeting by refusing to let him speak unless he apologized to another city official.