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Senate Dems Fail, Free Speech Prevails

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 6:33pm
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Senate Republicans have crushed Majority Leader Harry Reid’s efforts to advance a Constitutional amendment that would greatly restrict free speech and association in America.

Reid needed 60 votes to end the measure, but the votes fell 54-42 across the party line.

Via the Hill:

Earlier this week, more than 20 Republicans...

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Senate Dems Bear Down on Attacking Free Speech

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 8:30am
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Yesterday was another heated day on the floor of the Senate, as Republicans took to the podium to lambaste SJR 19, Democrats’ latest effort to control the content and flow of political speech in America.

As we discussed Monday, SJR 19 proposes a Constitutional amendment that would give Congress the right...

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Senate Democrats Renew Push to Gut Free Speech

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, September 8, 2014 at 9:00pm
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Congress is back in Washington, and Senate Democrats have wasted no time in bringing forward their proposal for a constitutional amendment that would give Congress the right to set limits on how much money can be raised for and spent in federal political campaigns.

Senate Joint Resolution 19 is sponsored by...

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TX Supreme Court protects identity of anonymous blogger

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 6:33pm
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As Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey once put it, “there is no jackass exception to the First Amendment.” Many bloggers toe the line between defamation and free expression, and enjoy their constitutional protections to...

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16 Year Old Arrested for Writing About Killing a Dinosaur for School Project

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 7:00am
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Legal Insurrection has covered the new zero tolerance policies in American schools before, but this is a case you may have missed last week.

Sixteen year old Alex Stone of Virginia was given a writing assignment on the second day of school. When he wrote an obviously fictional account of killing his...

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Chancellor issues campus-wide email explaining Salaita decision (Update: Trustees and officials support)

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 22, 2014 at 2:23pm
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Prior to a few minutes ago, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign had not commented publicly about the reasoning behind the decision not to complete the hiring process for Professor Steven Salaita.

There was a lot of protest, including a petition and academic boycotts, meant to pressure the university into changing its...

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ICYMI: It is Possible to Defame Jesse Ventura

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 8:56am
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A long legal battle ended Tuesday as federal jury awarded former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura over a million dollars in damages in his defamation lawsuit against the widow of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle. Ventura sued widow Tara Kyle over her husband Chris Kyle’s depiction of Ventura’s participation in a 2006...

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South Carolina licensing officials accused of suppressing lawyer’s 1st Amendment rights

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 11:20am
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It is axiomatic that the freedom of speech provisions of the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution are specifically intended to protect unpopular and/or offensive speech. After all, speech that is neither unpopular nor offensive is, obviously, not in need of any particular protections.  It is equally indisputable that of all...

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The FIRE launches national litigation effort against campus speech codes

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 1:56pm
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Almost daily we report here and at College Insurrection on the almost insane application of campus speech codes, frequently utilized disproportionately against non-politically correct (i.e. conservative) students and groups.

Speech codes are closely related to other forms of campus oppression, like the stripping of due process rights for men accused under vague...

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The really old Constitution had a pretty good month

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 30, 2014 at 7:17pm
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Who can forget this snippet of wisdom from 2010?

I’d say June 2014 was a pretty good month for that old document.

Last week...

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Supreme Court Unanimously Strikes Down Free Speech “Buffer Zones”

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11:30am
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While the long-awaited Hobby Lobby decision won’t come until next week, the United States Supreme Court did issue a couple interesting rulings today.

In yet another unanimous decision this session, the Court reversed the First Circuit Court decision in McCullen v. Coakley.

At issue in McCullen v. Coakley was whether the...

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SBA List v. Driehaus: The Perils of Regulating Political Speech

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 3:44pm
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On its face, Monday’s unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in SBA List v. Driehaus is about when a claim of future injury is sufficiently well-grounded to allow someone to file a lawsuit to stop it. But, the decision is really about the regulation of political speech.

In their incisive and...

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Pioneering University HIV/AIDS researcher sacked over accurate but politically incorrect court testimony

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 26, 2014 at 7:15pm
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The attacks on a University of Virginia law professor for expressing legal views not in keeping with the views of some LGBT activists and much of the political establishment has created a stir in legal academia.

In Jamaica, a somewhat analogous case is developing regarding a recently retired professor who was fired from his...

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Harry Reid’s anti-Koch Brothers paranoia

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 9:57am
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The spectacle continues.

Harry Reid again today used the power of his position to single out two private citizens who have committed no crime, broken no law, and whose political speech is within the First Amendment protections as determined by the U.S. Supreme Court. Those two people are the Koch Brothers.

In supporting...

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Conservative Prof wins discrimination lawsuit against UNC-Wilmington

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 9:30pm
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University of North Carolina at Wilmington professor Michael Adams has won his discrimination lawsuit, in a jury verdict rendered today. The judge now will rule on damages.

The Jury Verdict form and Judgment are embedded at the bottom of this post.

Adams was the professor who wrote the viral response to another professor...

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We Still Stand With Ezra

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 9:49pm
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We previously wrote about the lawfare against Ezra Levant, We Stand With Ezra.

The case now is in trial, and Ezra has an update:

You can donate to Ezra’s defense fund here.

After you donate, sit back and enjoy Ezra’s Opening Statement in the 2008 Human Rights Commission case brought against him over the...

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Is Dartmouth now a due process danger zone for men?

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 3:35pm
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Prof. KC Johnson, best known for his investigative work regarding abysmal university and faculty handling of the Duke Lacrosse case, has a post at Minding the Campus regarding a disturbing appointment at Dartmouth, ‘Why Have a Hearing? Just Expel Him’:

“Why could we not expel a student based on an allegation?” That...

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