Posts Tagged ‘Tennessee’

When God-talk by kids is protected speech

Fortunately, a growing number of schools are getting the message that the First Amendment doesn’t mandate a religion-free zone in public schools.

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.

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.

News outlets sue for records on 31 Tenn. child deaths

Lawsuit led by The Tennessean says details on how and why children died are important to the public and outweigh any privacy concerns.

Do you have free speech in a shopping mall?

Man’s anti-gun T-shirt in Murfreesboro, Tenn., mall probably isn’t protected if the mall is privately owned.

Tenn. athletic association is subject to open-records law

Ruling in favor of Nashville newspaper, Chancery Court judge says TSSAA is the functional equivalent of a government agency.

6th Circuit orders court to reconsider Tenn. ballot-access case

Three-judge panel says federal judge should re-evaluate state’s rules governing third-party access in light of changes made since he ruled against the state in February.

Death-row inmate loses FOIA lawsuit against FBI

6th Circuit found Michael Dale Rimmer didn’t prove there was a significant public interest in releasing redacted information in agency records.

Anonymous speech at risk in Memphis case

A government body is trying to bolster its chances of winning a lawsuit at the expense of people who commented on a website on a public issue.

Civility efforts seek better behavior on college campuses

First Amendment advocates, however, have challenged some campus campaigns out of concern that such programs muzzle unpopular speech in the name of tolerance and diversity.

Tenn. county refuses to release mayor’s ‘personal’ e-mails

Six messages have subject lines that appear related to Tim Burchett’s campaign for mayor, but Knox County Law Department says they don’t qualify as public records.

Tenn. man’s complaints about co-worker not protected speech

Federal judge rejects fired Franklin garbage-truck driver’s retaliation claims, saying his comments were made as part of his official duties and weren’t on a matter of public concern.

Students to cover Tenn. federal justice system

Judges and news industry leaders say Seigenthaler News Service will give college journalists valuable experience while holding federal officials more accountable.

U. Tenn.: Pregame prayers don’t violate Constitution

The invocations are nonsectarian, officials tell Freedom From Religion Foundation; elsewhere, a Pennsylvania school board decides to stop opening meetings with prayer.

Opponents of Tenn. mosque allowed to intervene in lawsuit

Federal judge says group of neighbors has a legitimate interest in the case, but he puts strict limits on the issues they will be allowed to address in court.

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