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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.

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.

Idaho high court upholds gang-recruiting law

Simona Lisa Manzanares challenged part of anti-gang measure on grounds that it unconstitutionally restricted freedom of association, but failed to sway a majority of justices.

75 years ago, high court ruling protected peaceful assembly

In De Jonge v. Oregon, U.S. Supreme Court extended fundamental freedom of assembly to state and local governments.

Funeral privacy not same as at home, 8th Circuit rules

In case involving a Westboro Baptist Church protest in Nebraska, appeals court reiterates prior circuit law that government need not protect ‘unwilling listeners outside the context of a home.’

No First Amendment right to attend cockfights, court rules

Connecticut appeals court says state law banning cockfighting infringes on neither familial association nor expressive activity.

Ariz. court strikes down Phoenix panhandling law

Barring all vocal begging at night violates the First Amendment, state appeals court rules.

Calif. high court rejects white-supremacist inmate’s challenge

Kenneth Ray Bivert, accused of killing another prisoner, claimed the trial judge should not have admitted into evidence his association with other white racists in prison.

Court: no free-association right to smoke in private club

Alaska Supreme Court upholds city’s anti-smoking ordinance, saying: ‘the First Amendment protects the ability to choose one’s intimate associates freely, not the ability to engage in any conduct in any place so long as one is interacting with his or her intimate associates.’

Right of assembly allows citizens to form a more perfect union

Gathering together with those of like minds, particularly to seek political change, serves as a basic tool of democracy.