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Special report: Constitutionality of state funeral-picketing laws since Snyder v. Phelps

Report by team of law students at the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America examines legal, legislative responses to Supreme Court ruling.

Protests over the protests at clinics that perform abortions

Nothing about the national debate over abortion is simple — and that applies at times to even the words and manner we use in talking about it.

Ban on “gruesome images” threatens free speech

On June 10, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a Colorado appeals court decision banning anti-abortion activists from displaying “gruesome images” of mutilated fetuses that might be seen by children.

Judge sides with arrested Supreme Court protester

A federal judge has ruled in favor of a protester arrested two years ago while demonstrating on the plaza of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Wichita abortion violence cited in stalking case

Attorneys for the woman who opened an abortion clinic in Wichita have cited the city’s decades-long history of anti-abortion violence in a case seeking to protect her from a pastor.

Memphis hasn’t decided whether to bill Ku Klux Klan for rally costs

Memphis officials are still mulling over whether to bill the Ku Klux Klan for everything from SWAT teams to Port-a-Potties after announcing the city spent a staggering $175,585 on public safety during the Klan rally last month.

Bill curbing local control on Burning Man advances

The Burning Man festival has won a victory in the Legislature to keep county authorities from imposing their own rules and fees on the popular counterculture festival.

Fla. funeral protest ban clears House

The Florida House has approved legislation that would expand a current ban on protesting to all types of funerals.

Indianapolis’ mayor to propose panhandling ban

Indianapolis’ mayor wants to ban panhandling in the city’s busiest downtown area following long-running complaints from convention officials and city boosters about people begging for money along downtown streets.

Florida bill to limit funeral protests moves ahead

Legislation that would expand a ban on protesting, picketing and other disturbances at all funerals, memorial services and burials in Florida, rather than just those involving military honor details, is on a fast track after final committee approval today.

Civil rights movement rode assembly, petition to greater freedom

The march toward civil rights for African-Americans is the best example of all five First Amendment freedoms at work, but at the heart of the movement were assembly and petition.

Federal judge limits New Orleans’ Super Bowl ‘clean zone’

Court grants temporary restraining order, saying city can only enforce rules that limit signs, banners and flags near the Superdome.

7th Circuit upholds Wis. restrictions on public unions

Appeals panel decision, however, does not resolve a flurry of other lawsuits that have been filed over the law.

Recognizing a civil rights landmark

Fifty years ago today the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a Virginia law that was being used to quash the NAACP’s efforts to solicit plaintiffs.

1st Circuit again backs Mass. abortion-clinic buffer zones

Judges say 2007 law protects rights of prospective patients and clinic employees ‘without offending the First Amendment rights of others.’