First Amendment

Md. Town Changes Campaign Sign Rules After ACLU Cites Free-Speech RightsThe 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.
Supreme Court To Decide If Church Signs Protected By First AmendmentThe 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.
Court Rules In Favor of DC Tour Guides Who Say City's $200 'Guide Exam' Violates Free SpeechA 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.
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.
Supreme Court Rules Protesters Could Not Bring Free-Speech Claims Against Secret Service Agents Guarding BushThe 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.
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.
Supreme Courts Rules Prayers That Open Town Council Meetings ConstitutionalThe Supreme Court says prayers that open town council meetings do not violate the Constitution even if they routinely stress Christianity.
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.
Ocean City Councilwoman Wants Signs To Remind Visitors About MannersOcean City Councilwoman Mary Knight wants visitors to her touristy town to remember their manners.
Studies Suggest Complex Link Between Guns, Violent Video GamesMany 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.
Poll: A Third Believe 1st Amendment Goes Too Far A new survey finds a third of Americans believe the First Amendment goes too far in guaranteeing freedoms of speech, religion, press, assembly and petition — up from 13 percent in last year's survey.
Newseum in D.C. Makes Changes as Funding Falls ShortIn five years since moving to its new home overlooking the U.S. Capitol, the Newseum has become a major attraction with 4 million people visiting its exhibits about journalism and the First Amendment. Yet it's been struggling mightily to cover its costs.
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