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Six cases on its docket raise First Amendment issues, including high-profile disputes over campaign finance reform and church-state relations.
At issue: whether the government can require AIDS groups receiving grants to state their opposition to prostitution and sex trafficking as a condition of funding.
After Supreme Court’s U.S. v. Stevens ruling struck down law criminalizing animal-cruelty videos, new, narrower law may still be vulnerable on free-speech grounds, experts say.
In their high court briefs in McBurney v. Young, news organizations and public-advocacy groups stress that law restricting access by out-of-staters impedes newsgathering and the national ‘information industry.’
Some scholars say dearth of cases may reflect justices’ general sense that Court’s doctrines on both speech and religion clauses are fairly stable and settled.
The Supreme Court’s six First Amendment-related rulings followed a well-established pattern, including wins, losses and a ‘no-decision.’
FCC v. Fox grabbed attention yesterday, but Knox v. SEIU may have more long-term significance for the First Amendment.
‘This court has never recognized a First Amendment right to be free from a retaliatory arrest that is supported by probable cause,’ Justice Clarence Thomas writes in Reichle v. Howards opinion.
Attorney for states opposing health-insurance law invokes Buckley case in arguing that preserving ‘half a loaf’ by finding part of law constitutional will spawn confusion.
Government defender of law against lying about earning military medals seems to succeed in portraying it as narrow, as opposing counsel concedes act does not ‘necessarily chill any truthful speech.’
How the justices might vote in United States v. Alvarez, concerning lying about military medals, is tough to predict, but here’s a look at some factors that could emerge in oral arguments Feb. 22.
Comments from four justices seem to bode well for the government, but five votes are needed to overturn 2nd Circuit’s ruling.
- Case preview: Justices to ponder full First Amendment freedom for broadcasting
- David L. Hudson Jr.: Will Court create different standards for broadcast TV, radio?
Oral arguments tomorrow in FCC v. Fox Television Stations may offer clues to how the Court may answer that question, as justices hear debate on constitutionality of FCC’s regulation of broadcast indecency.
- Term preview: Religion, broadcast cases highlight new term
Supreme Court agrees to hear case involving man who criticized Iraq war and touched vice president at shopping mall in 2006, and argues that his arrest was in retaliation for his protest.
In several precedents, the Supreme Court has said false speech deserves little if any First Amendment protection — which may make a rough road for a man who lied about receiving the Medal of Honor.