Constitutional Law

No Protection for “BONG HiTS 4 JESUS”

A united conservative majority of the Supreme Court ruled today in Morse v. Frederick that there is no First Amendment protection for a student who unfurled a banner supporting “BONG HiTS 4 JESUS” across the street from his school. Writing…


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Charges Dropped Against Woman Arrested for Making Faces at Police Dog

A Vermont prosecutor has dropped dog-taunting charges against Jayna Hutchinson of Lebanon, New Hampshire, thus possibly averting a constitutional showdown over free expression. Hutchinson was arrested on July 31 after police responded to reports of a brawl going on at…


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Libel Suit Against Food Critic Alleges Steak Sandwich Misclassified

Adam Liptak of the New York Times writes today (March 7) about restaurants filing libel lawsuits against food critics.  The lawsuits are not uncommon, although, as Liptak writes, they are virtually never successful. The most recent example is a new…




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Ninth Circuit Rejects Right-to-Land-Personal-Jet Case

While the Ninth Circuit is often labeled as a "liberal" court that will accept virtually any civil-rights claim, don’t tell that to Ron Tutor, who is still unable to land his private jet at the airport in Hailey, Idaho.  In…



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The McHenry Code

The latest proof that our traditional civil liberties are under siege came in mid-August, when the city council of McHenry, Illinois, passed an ordinance that bans the use of outdoor costumed business mascots.  The councilmembers have apparently classified the mascots…



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$10 Parking Fine Spawns First-Amendment Brawl

What’s the memo line on your checks really for?  Robert Militzer put his to good use earlier this month when he wrote a check to pay the Berkley County (Michigan) District Court a $10 parking fine.  Militzer admits that during…