Inmate presses First Amendment claim over monitored calls to his attorney

Tennessee county sheriff’s office will have to convince a court that there were legitimate safety interests in monitoring inmate calls.

Mo. high court upholds part of e-mail harassment conviction

Man who sent threatening, offensive messages to alderwoman and others fails to persuade court that they amounted to political speech.

Mo. jail withholds detainee’s newspaper; he sues

Sheriff ends distribution of local newspapers after inmate’s letter to the editor appears in weekly to which he subscribed.

Judge halts Tenn. law restricting online sex ads

The Tennessean reports that federal judge agrees with arguments by that the law infringes on freedom of speech.

Calif. student suspended for poem about Conn. school massacre

KGO-TV reports girl’s verses included a line that said, ‘I know why he pulled the trigger.’

N.Y. teacher had First Amendment right to protest in parked car

Appeals court finds that parking outside a school in the rain and displaying signs was protected speech on a matter of public concern, turning aside district’s claims of traffic hazard.

Mo. man receives $7,000 after arrest for flag desecration

Federal judge assesses compensatory damages for man jailed seven hours for shredding a U.S. flag in 2009.

Case reinstated for NYC officer who opposed arrest quotas

2nd Circuit panel says the district court acted too quickly in dismissing Chris Matthews’ retaliation lawsuit without further factfinding.

8th Circuit upholds Mo. city’s outdoor-smoking ban

Man claimed Clayton’s ordinance violated the First Amendment by giving the city manager discretion to decide whether to allow smoking during community events and festivals.

Wis. appeals court upholds anti-stalking law

Man’s fear-inducing comments to ex-wife constituted ‘stalking conduct’ that ‘does not trigger First Amendment protection,’ opinion says.

Texas lawyer fights to keep domain name

State says looks too much like a state-provided or state-endorsed site; attorney goes to court asserting First Amendment right to retain it.

David L. Hudson Jr. writes new book on free speech

The First Amendment: Freedom of Speech, part of Thomson Reuters’ series on ‘law for the layperson,’ puts free-speech concepts into plain English.

Attorney cooked for ‘half-baked’ comment to judge

11th Circuit finds no First Amendment protection for Florida lawyer’s intemperate written comments to judge in bankruptcy case.

Pa. tattoo-removal policy challenge rejected

3rd Circuit unconvinced by job applicant’s claim that the state police had selectively enforced the policy against him because he complained about it.

‘E! News’ billboard can’t be displayed without permit

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 9th Circuit rejects argument that sign featuring Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic constitutes First Amendment-protected, noncommercial speech.

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