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First Amendment

Nov 16, 2023

Mayor sought to bar reporter from City Hall

Mayor allegedly asked local police department to seek a court order barring a journalist from gathering facts.

Nov 16, 2023

Sharing complaint with reporter did not waive privilege, appeals court rules

Attorneys do not waive the attorney-client or work product privilege by giving a copy of a final, signed complaint to a reporter before it is served or filed, the Court of Appeals ruled Monday,  Nov. 6.

Jul 5, 2023

Court rules against Biden Administration’s alleged social media censorship

Republican U.S. Sen. Eric Schmitt, who was the Missouri attorney general when the lawsuit was filed, said on Twitter that the ruling was "a huge win for the First Amendment and a blow to censorship."

Mar 17, 2023

Experts: Censorship growing in US

BOISE, Idaho — In Idaho, an art exhibit was censored and teens were told they couldn’t testify in some legislative hearings. In Washington state, a lawmaker proposed a hotline so the government could track offensively biased statements as well as hate crimes. In Florida, bloggers are fighting a bill that would force them to register […]

Feb 8, 2023

What the First Amendment really says – 4 basic principles of free speech in the US

Elon Musk has claimed he believes in free speech no matter what. He calls it a bulwark against tyranny in America and promises to reconstruct Twitter, which he now owns, so that its policy on free expression "matches the law." Yet his grasp of the First Amendment – the law that governs free speech in the U.S. – appears to be quite limited. And he's not alone.

Jul 9, 2021

Trump can’t beat Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in court – but the fight might be worth more than a win

From condo salesman to reality TV host to leader of the free world, Donald Trump has occupied several lifetimes’ worth of identities over a remarkable career of reinventions. Even so, the billionaire mogul’s latest metamorphosis – into a consumer-rights plaintiff seeking to regulate big business – is a peculiar one. With a volley of lawsuits […]

May 10, 2021

Supreme Court to hear case on transgender sex-offender registry

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of a Shawano County transgender woman who has been prohibited from changing her name because of her listing on the state sex-offender registry.

May 5, 2021

Facebook board upholds Trump suspension

Since the day after the deadly Jan. 6 riots on the U.S. Capitol, former President Donald Trump's social media accounts have been silent — muzzled for inciting violence using the platforms as online megaphones.

May 13, 2020

Timeline: Where the second stay-at-home order lawsuit stands

As Wisconsin awaits a decision in the Legislature's lawsuit over Gov. Tony Evers' stay-at-home order, another challenge to the extended order is proceeding.

Apr 22, 2020

Protesters vow to rally without permit

Organizers of a rally against Wisconsin's stay-at-home order said Wednesday that they'll proceed with the event even though their permit to hold it on the grounds of the Capitol was denied.

Apr 17, 2020

Marquette County sheriff sued for threatening teen over COVID-19 Instagram post

A teenager and her parents are suing the Marquette County Sheriff for threatening to arrest them over an Instagram post the teen wrote about having COVID-19.

Apr 1, 2020

Judge rules against conservative think tank in Evers lawsuit

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers can exclude members of a conservative think tank from attending press briefings and keep them off his email list sent to other reporters, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday.

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