First Amendment

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Md. Town Changes Campaign Sign Rules After ACLU Cites Free-Speech Rights

The western Maryland town of Hancock is rescinding an ordinance that put time limits on front-yard campaign signs after the American Civil Liberties Union objected on First Amendment grounds.

07/10/2014

The Supreme Court will decide whether an Arizona town violates the First Amendment by restricting where and when a church can place signs advertising Sunday morning services. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

Supreme Court To Decide If Church Signs Protected By First Amendment

The Supreme Court will decide whether an Arizona town violates the First Amendment by restricting where and when a church can place signs advertising Sunday morning services.

07/01/2014

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Court Rules In Favor of DC Tour Guides Who Say City’s $200 ‘Guide Exam’ Violates Free Speech

A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of tour guides in the nation’s capital who challenged city rules that require guides to pay the government $200 and to pass a 100-question multiple-choice exam.

06/27/2014

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High Court: Whistleblowers’ Testimony is Protected

The First Amendment protects public employees from job retaliation when they are called to testify in court about official corruption, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

06/19/2014

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Supreme Court Rules Protesters Could Not Bring Free-Speech Claims Against Secret Service Agents Guarding Bush

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a group of protesters could not bring free-speech claims against two Secret Service agents who were guarding President George W. Bush during a 2004 campaign trip to Oregon.

05/27/2014

Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of the American public says religion is influence in the U.S. as a divide between the religiously affiliated and those without religion continue to widen.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Court Lifts Bar to Christian Prayer in Md. County

An order that barred elected leaders of Carroll County, Maryland, from opening their public meetings with prayers invoking the name of Jesus Christ was lifted Monday by a federal judge, hours after the U.S. Supreme Court narrowly approved of Christian prayers opening town board meetings in New York state.

05/05/2014

U.S. Supreme Court members pose for photographs in 2010. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Supreme Courts Rules Prayers That Open Town Council Meetings Constitutional

The Supreme Court says prayers that open town council meetings do not violate the Constitution even if they routinely stress Christianity.

05/05/2014

People visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington on March 29, 2013 as the US marks the 40th anniversary of the withdrawal of its last combat troops from South Vietnam. Over 58,000 Americans lost their lives during the Vietnam war. (Credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Debate Continues Over Cross-Shaped War Memorial In Md.

The American Legion is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a cross-shaped World War I memorial in Maryland.

05/02/2014

Tourists line the beach in Ocean City, Maryland. (Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Ocean City Councilwoman Wants Signs To Remind Visitors About Manners

Ocean City Councilwoman Mary Knight wants visitors to her touristy town to remember their manners.

01/16/2014

Many media outlets have chosen not to focus on guns, but rather on Alexis’ “addiction” with violent video games -- studies offer complex, often politically-related correlations.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Studies Suggest Complex Link Between Guns, Violent Video Games

Many media outlets have chosen not to focus on guns, but rather on Alexis’ “addiction” with violent video games — studies offer complex, often politically-related correlations.

09/24/2013

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