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Tag Archives: Freedom of Speech

Bumper Stumper (access required)

There was a game show in the late eighties called Bumper Stumpers where contestants had to decipher vanity license plates. Recently, it seems that that the state agencies given the duty to approve or deny certain vanity plates are the ...

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TMI? Lawyers split over online juror surveillance (access required)

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At a time when government surveillance of online communications is a sensitive subject, lawyers are divided on where to draw the line when it comes to their own secretive research into jurors’ Internet activities. While mining the Web for as much background information as possible about jurors has become a widely accepted practice among trial lawyers, some are less comfortable with moving beyond research to the real-time monitoring of jurors’ Internet activities once a trial is underway.

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Criminal Practice – Impersonating an Officer – Constitutional – First Amendment – Freedom of Speech (access required)

U.S. v. Chappell The 4th Circuit says a former deputy sheriff who told an officer he was a deputy in an attempt to avoid a speeding ticket cannot overturn his conviction for impersonating an officer by claiming the Virginia statute at issue, Va. Code § 18.2-174, violated his First Amendment right to free speech.

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Constitutional – Freedom of Speech – Municipal – Sign Ordinance – ‘Content Neutral’ (access required)

Wag More Dogs LLC v. Cozart An Arlington County sign ordinance that required a doggy daycare business to remove a 960-square foot painting of cartoon dogs on the side of the daycare’s business passes constitutional muster as a content-neutral restriction on speech that survives intermediate scrutiny, the 4th Circuit says.

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