WASHINGTON (AP) — In the case of the cursing cheerleader, the Supreme Court notched a victory for the free speech rights of students Wednesday, siding with a high school student whose vulgar social media post got her kicked off the ...Read More »
American Civil Liberties Union of N.C. v. Tennyson (Lawyers Weekly No. 001-049-16, 14 pp.) (Traxler, J.) No. 13-1030, March 10, 2016; 4th Cir. Holding: The 4th Circuit upholds North Carolina’s specialty license plate program that includes a “Choose Life” license ...
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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.Read More »
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has come out strong for passing a federal shield law. And maybe that’s the one good thing – the only good thing – to come out of the recent controversy over the Justice Department’s seizure of phone records at The Associated Press and the surveillance of Fox News reporter James Rosen.Read More »
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.Read More »