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.

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.

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.

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.’

Calif. high court upholds supermarket labor picketing

Other protesters, handbill distributors and petition-signature collectors unrelated to unions may not picket on privately owned walkways in front of stores, justices rule.

Federal judge upholds Ohio’s new exotic-animal law

Owners plan to appeal in part because they say the legislation forces them to join private associations against their wishes.

Occupy protester with subpoenaed tweets pleads guilty

Defense attorney says Malcolm Harris wanted to plead guilty to disorderly conduct so he could focus on appealing the judge’s decision to hand over his Twitter messages to the prosecution.

Cleveland curfew law ruled unconstitutional

Siding with Occupy protesters, state appeals court strikes down ordinance that barred late-night gatherings in city’s Public Square without a permit.

Neb. high court upholds new anti-gang law

Justices reject challenge brought by self-styled ‘Sopranos’ wannabe mobster Steven Scott, who challenged statute on free-speech and assembly grounds.

Calif. voters defeat anti-union ballot measure

Proposition 32 would have prohibited corporations and unions from collecting money for state political activities through paycheck deductions.

Ohio owners sue state over new exotic-animal law

Law forces them to join private associations, owners claim, in violation of their First Amendment rights.

Sheriff may have to pay fees in abortion-protest lawsuit

Justices reverse decision saying sheriff’s office in South Carolina wasn’t required to pay attorney’s fees in lawsuit involving protesters who were told they couldn’t hold up signs showing aborted fetuses.

Full 8th Circuit: Mo. town can limit funeral protests

Manchester’s ordinance ‘survives First Amendment scrutiny because it serves a significant government interest,’ judge writes for court.

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