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Justices Won’t Hear Case on Waiting Period for Gun Purchases - The New York Times

Justices Won’t Hear Case on Waiting Period for Gun Purchases - The New York Times | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
Justice Clarence Thomas dissented, saying the court had turned the Second Amendment into a “constitutional orphan.”
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Assault Weapons Not Protected by Second Amendment, Federal Appeals Court Rules

Assault Weapons Not Protected by Second Amendment, Federal Appeals Court Rules | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
In a 10-4 ruling, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, said that 45 kinds of assault weapons banned under Maryland law aren't protected by the Second Amendment.
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The Constitutional Right to Boycott

The Constitutional Right to Boycott | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
In Kansas, where a public school teacher was punished by the state for declining to buy items made in Israel, a federal court has issued a ruling that’s good news for free speech advocates.
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There is no 1st Amendment right to speak on a college campus

There is no 1st Amendment right to speak on a college campus | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
What almost everyone gets wrong about the campus free speech debate.
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"We’re lawyers who support same-sex marriage. We also support the Masterpiece Cakeshop baker."

"We’re lawyers who support same-sex marriage. We also support the Masterpiece Cakeshop baker." | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
Same-sex marriage and religious liberty can coexist.
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The Two Clashing Meanings of 'Free Speech'

The Two Clashing Meanings of 'Free Speech' | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
Today’s campus controversies reflect a battle between two distinct conceptions of the term—what the Greeks called isegoria and parrhesia.
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The Supreme Court Is Weighing If Police Can Get Cell Phone Data Without a Warrant

The Supreme Court Is Weighing If Police Can Get Cell Phone Data Without a Warrant | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
Verizon was the only one of four companies to tell the Supreme Court that it favors strong privacy protections for its customers.
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Do police need a warrant to track you with your cellphone? The Supreme Court will decide

Do police need a warrant to track you with your cellphone? The Supreme Court will decide | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether access to a person's cellphone data should require a search warrant issued by a judge.
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SCOTUS takes up political apparel at polls

SCOTUS takes up political apparel at polls | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to take up a case concerning a Minnesota law that bans voters from wearing political badges, buttons or other political insignia at the polling place.
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The suspect told police ‘give me a lawyer dog.’ The court says he wasn’t asking for a lawyer.

The suspect told police ‘give me a lawyer dog.’ The court says he wasn’t asking for a lawyer. | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
To the courts in Louisiana, “give me a lawyer dog” was not an invocation of the suspect's constitutional right to counsel. Maybe if there was a comma in there.
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County asking U.S. Supreme Court to review prayer ruling

County asking U.S. Supreme Court to review prayer ruling | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
The Richmond court's ruling is at odds with the 6th Circuit in Cincinnati, which found in September that such prayers are constitutional in a case out of Michigan.
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Trump Wants to Censor the Media

Trump Wants to Censor the Media | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
The president’s call for a Senate investigation into news outlets for publishing unflattering stories about him is an attack on freedom of the press.
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Court Sides With Texas Cheerleaders in Bible Banner Lawsuit

Court Sides With Texas Cheerleaders in Bible Banner Lawsuit | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
A Texas appeals court has ruled banners emblazoned with Bible verses at football games by a group of cheerleaders are protected private speech and not government speech that can be regulated by school officials.
In its ruling Thursday, the 9th Court of Appeals in Beaumont said it's "highly unlikely" people would consider the messages on the banners by the Kountze (koontz) school district cheerleaders to be endorsed by the school.
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Supreme Court lets California gun control laws stand - CNNPolitics

Supreme Court lets California gun control laws stand - CNNPolitics | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court maintained its reluctance to dive back into the debate concerning the scope of the 2nd Amendment.
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The Michigan town where only Christians are allowed to buy houses | US news | The Guardian

The Michigan town where only Christians are allowed to buy houses | US news | The Guardian | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
Bay View is for many an idyllic community – but a lawsuit will test its rule that only practicing Christians can own property
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France weighs a law to rein in ‘fake news,’ raising fears for freedom of speech

France weighs a law to rein in ‘fake news,’ raising fears for freedom of speech | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
President Macron’s proposed law would allow judges to block fake news online during sensitive election periods — but the French can’t agree on a definition.
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Judge Blocks Trump's 'Moral Exemption Rule' on Birth Control Mandate | National Law Journal

Judge Blocks Trump's 'Moral Exemption Rule' on Birth Control Mandate | National Law Journal | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone halted the so-called moral exemption rule and the religious exemption rule, which allow employers to opt out of offering no-cost contraceptive coverage based on sincerely-held religious beliefs or moral convictions.
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The Gay Wedding Cake Case Isn’t About Free Speech

The Gay Wedding Cake Case Isn’t About Free Speech | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
The inconvenient facts of Masterpiece Cakeshop
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Wedding cakes can be stunning creations. But do they qualify as art?

Wedding cakes can be stunning creations. But do they qualify as art? | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
A Supreme Court case has decorators arguing about the nature of their craft — and their business.
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A Liberal-Conservative Alliance on the Supreme Court Against Digital Surveillance

A Liberal-Conservative Alliance on the Supreme Court Against Digital Surveillance | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
Justices found common ground in asserting the relevance of the Fourth Amendment in the electronic age, even as they cited sharply different rationales.
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Supreme Court takes case on free speech rights of antiabortion counseling centers

Supreme Court takes case on free speech rights of antiabortion counseling centers | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
It will decide whether it violates the Constitution for California to require “crisis pregnancy centers” to tell patients about contraception services and abortion assistance.
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Supreme Court to hear Minnesota voter apparel law challenge

Supreme Court to hear Minnesota voter apparel law challenge | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear a conservative group's free speech challenge to a Minnesota law prohibiting voters from wearing T-shirts or other apparel adorned with overtly political messages inside polling stations.
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Analysis | Six police officers subdued and handcuffed a reporter covering Ed Gillespie. An officer said it was for swearing.

Analysis | Six police officers subdued and handcuffed a reporter covering Ed Gillespie. An officer said it was for swearing. | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
A lawyer says the local ordinance banning cursing is unconstitutional.
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Courts Sidestep the Law, and South Carolina’s Poor Go to Jail

Courts Sidestep the Law, and South Carolina’s Poor Go to Jail | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
One homeless man has been arrested or cited 270 times on the same charge, trespassing. He has never been represented by a lawyer.
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Flip-Flopping on Free Speech

Flip-Flopping on Free Speech | Civil Liberty Readings | Scoop.it
The fight for the First Amendment, on campuses and football fields, from the sixties to today.
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