Qualified immunity protects Secret Service agents

In Supreme Court case involving Oregon protest, justices rule that Secret Service protection of the president takes precedence over considerations of viewpoint discrimination.

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.

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.

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.

Calif. appeals court objects to no-gangs parole condition

A trial court shouldn’t impose gang-related conditions on a person unless the person has been involved with a gang, appellate ruling says.

White supremacist loses in sentencing appeal

Defendant argued that trial court improperly considered his membership in the Aryan Brotherhood when it sentenced him to 12 years.

Court finds no free-association right to school friendships

Federal judge rejects claims that Pennsylvania school district’s failure to prevent bullying interfered with boy’s right to personal relationships with his classmates.

2nd Circuit upholds 2004 GOP convention protest limits

Three-judge panel’s ruling comes in lawsuit brought by two anti-abortion activists who were arrested after demonstrating in a no-protest zone during the convention.

Funeral-protest bill likely to stir First Amendment fight

Measure, which awaits President Obama’s signature, already has drawn the ire of Westboro Baptist Church’s Fred Phelps.

Conventions likely will test commitment to first freedoms

In the name of security, public safety and even decorum, battle lines already are being drawn over who will be able to say what, where, when and how.

Dubious protest-control tactics threaten First Amendment

Once reserved for restraining violent individuals, tasers and other non-lethal weapons now often are used to stifle protest.

Juvenile’s challenge to gang-related restrictions rejected

California appeals court rules juvenile court judge didn’t violate youth’s First Amendment rights when he prohibited hanging out with gangs or wearing gang stuff.

Street preacher topples Tenn. town’s permit rules

State appeals court agrees with Wallace Scott Langford that Maryville’s ordinance is too broad, too vague and gives too much discretion to police chief.