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Category: Civil Liberties :: Free Speech
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Protesters Attacked by Police Are Suing to Vindicate Their Constitutional Rights 3.7.2020 Truthout.com
Victims of police abuse are filing litigation and at least one judge has halted some of the most egregious ...
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Denver hit with another federal lawsuit over police handling of George Floyd protests 1.7.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
The class action lawsuit, which seeks damages for those arrested for curfew violations or were injured during the protests, alleges that police used "constitutionally unlawful crowd control tactics, including kettling, indiscriminate and unwarned launching of tear gas and flashbangs into crowds and at individuals, and shooting projectiles at protestors," the complaint reads. Police "knowingly placed these protestors in physical danger through indiscriminate use of excessive force."
SCOTUS Ruling on Religious Schools Threatens Church-State Separation 1.7.2020 Truthout.com
The SCOTUS building stands against a grey sky
Civil liberties advocates warn the ruling could make taxpayers underwrite religious education.
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SCOTUS Delivers 'Seismic Shock' Ruling On Religious Schools 1.7.2020 Crooks Liars
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a ruling civil liberties advocates warned could make taxpayers "underwrite religious education"—opening a massive crack in the bedrock principle of church and state separation. The decision in the case, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, was 5-4, with the court's conservatives in the majority. As NBC News put it , the ruling "further lowered the wall of separation between church and state and will likely affect laws or constitutional provisions in more than two-thirds of the nation that bar public funding for churches and religious schools." CNBC laid out the background: The case concerned a scholarship program enacted in Montana in 2015, which provided individuals and businesses with up to $150 in tax credits to match donations to private, nonprofit scholarship organizations. Shortly after the program was enacted, the Montana Department of Revenue put in place a rule that barred scholarship recipients from using funds from the program to pay for ...
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SCOTUS Allows Subsidies for Religious Schools 1.7.2020 Outside the Beltway
A seemingly obvious result that isn't.
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Judge blocks tell-all by Trump niece - for now 1.7.2020 BBC News - US & Canada
Lawyers for Mary Trump and Simon & Schuster plan to immediately appeal the ruling.
Social media sites punish Trump, David Duke, Richard Spencer and other racists 30.6.2020 Raw Story
Freedom is impossible for everyone when viewpoints prevail that dehumanize anyone. And it appears that several big social media platforms agree, judging from recent bans or suspensions of racist accounts across YouTube, Twitch, and Reddit. For those who are dehumanized — whether by racism, sexism, classism, ableism, anti-LGBTQ sentiment or any other prejudices — their […]
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Why the new case against Bill Barr could be a game-changer 19.6.2020 Raw Story
No attorney general since John Mitchell has gotten away with assaulting the rule of law more than Bill Barr. But unlike Mitchell, who served 19 months in prison for his role in the Watergate scandal, Barr has yet to be held accountable for his ever-expanding laundry list of outrageous misdeeds and derelictions. To be sure, there have […]
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Op-Ed: Those who exercise free speech should also defend it — even when it's offensive 19.6.2020 LA Times: Commentary

People love to claim the 1st Amendment to protect speech they favor, but resist similar safeguards for expression they dislike.

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Devastating new revelations show that Trump is America’s worst enemy 18.6.2020 Raw Story
John Bolton’s new book makes many things clear, but most important is this: Donald Trump violates his oath to defend our Constitution against “all enemies foreign and domestic” because he is the leading domestic enemy of our Constitution. Bolton shows that Trump has no regard for our Constitution using example after damning example of disloyal […]
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Can you get fired for protesting? Or spouting off on social media? 16.6.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Thousands of people have taken to the streets and to social media in recent weeks to express solidarity with – and in some cases, objections to – the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality. But can they say and do anything without risking their jobs?
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‘Law and order’ is a debased concept used to cover up right-wing crime and depravity 14.6.2020 Raw Story
Mark Twain’s instruction to curious residents of Freedom Central is, by now, familiar: “If you want to see the dregs of society, go down to the jail and watch the changing of the guard.” There is little doubt that the corrections officer who beats and torments the inmates under his supervision would use the phrase […]
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Donald Trump and his followers want ‘order’ — but they have zero respect for the law 13.6.2020 Raw Story
Mark Twain’s instruction to curious residents of Freedom Central is, by now, familiar: “If you want to see the dregs of society, go down to the jail and watch the changing of the guard.” There is little doubt that the corrections officer who beats and torments the inmates under his supervision would use the phrase […]
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Trump’s Illegal Use of Military Against Uprisings Portends Battles Ahead 11.6.2020 Truthout.com
Even as Trump withdraws troops, we must be prepared for if and when he does recall them to stamp out ...
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The police have been spying on Black reporters for years — I know because I’m one of them 9.6.2020 Raw Story
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — On Aug. 20, 2018, the first day of a federal police surveillance trial, I discovered that the Memphis Police Department was spying on me. The ACLU of Tennessee had sued the MPD, alleging that the department was in violation of a 1978 consent decree barring surveillance of residents for political purposes. I’m […]
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Trump is trying to ‘turn America into a police state’: Former Harvard psychiatrist 7.6.2020 Raw Story
The protests sparked by the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day continue. This people’s uprising against police brutality and social injustice have spread far beyond Minnesota Minneapolis to all 50 states and around the world. This article first appeared in Salon. Donald Trump is a destroyer, not a healer. Given his tendencies toward authoritarianism, […]
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John Roberts joins liberals as Supreme Court rejects challenge to Newsom’s COVID-19 limits on California church attendance 30.5.2020 Raw Story
In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal from the South Bay United Pentecostal Church in Chula Vista, California. The San Diego area church tried to challenge the state’s limits on attendance at worship services: The church argued that limits on how many people can attend their services violate constitutional […]
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Cruz Urges Criminal Probe of Twitter for Possible Violations of US Sanctions Against Iran 30.5.2020 NewsBusters
Twitter’s overreach has caused conservative leaders to declare an all-out political and legal response. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), sent an open letter to the Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury on Friday to call for a criminal investigation into Twitter for violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and Executive Order 13876. Cruz quoted the wording of Executive Order 13876 “which prohibits ‘the making of any contribution or provision of… goods[] or services’ to persons designated pursuant to that order,” ...
Minneapolis protests: CNN journalist arrested live on air 30.5.2020 BBC News - US & Canada
Omar Jimenez and a camera crew were detained in Minneapolis during protests
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Trump and his man-baby fans have no idea what ‘free speech’ actually means 30.5.2020 Raw Story
For years, Donald Trump and the conservative world in general have been in an uproar over what they claim is a left-wing assault on “free speech.” Actual instances of conservatives having their First Amendment rights constrained by government censorship have been thin on the ground, of course, if not nonexistent. So conservatives have had to improvise, expanding the bounds […]
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