There is much wrong with a Texas County deciding to indict Netflix for its distribution of the French film Cuties. First about the movie – Netflix released “Cuties,” originally titled “Mignonnes,” last month to strong national reaction. The French-language film centers on 11-year-old Amy, a Senegalese immigrant, who becomes a member of a dance group dubbed the “Cuties.”… Continue reading Texas Indictment of Netflix Over “Cuties” Violates First Amendment, Denigrates Art
Prominent MSNBC anchor Joy Reid lost a big appellate decision that will shape the rules of many cases involving free speech. Fighting this case made no sense and in the end it dealt a large blow to protections long relied upon by the media. Last week, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated libel claims from… Continue reading Joy Reid Loses Libel Suit but Big Loser Will Be Media
A few days ago, at midnight, the Supreme Court rejected a church’s challenge to California’s COVID-19 restrictions by a 5–4 vote, with Chief Justice John Roberts joining what is considered the liberal wing of Breyer, Sotomayor, Ginsburg and Kagan. In a pointed concurring opinion, Roberts chided the conservative wing for trying to override public health… Continue reading SCOTUS Opinion on COVID Church Restriction is Brief But Says a lot About the Court.
The Supreme Court ruled on June 20, 2019 that a 40-foot World War I memorial in the shape of a Christian cross on Maryland public land does not violate the U.S. Constitution. The American Humanist Association, a nonprofit that promotes the separation of church and state, originally sent a letter to the Maryland-National Capital Park… Continue reading When is a 40 ft. Cross on Public Land Not a Religious Endorsement? When SCOTUS Says So, That’s When.
The recent outbreaks of measles and mumps across the country have been linked to communities and families that claim a religious exemption to the vaccine and to “anti-vaxxers” who claim a link between the vaccines and autism. The development of vaccines, beginning at the end of the 18th Century, had all but eradicated smallpox, measles… Continue reading Eliminating Religious Exemption to Vaccination Should Withstand First Amendment Challenge
Former Alabama Senate candidate and State Supreme Court Judge Roy Moore has filed a $95 million defamation lawsuit against comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, Showtime and CBS after he appeared on Cohen’s series, “Who Is America?” In July, Moore appeared on the third episode of Who is America?, a Showtime series where the comedian disguises himself… Continue reading Will Roy Moore Win His $95 Million Lawsuit Against Sacha Baron Cohen? Hint: No, He Will Lose.
Omarosa Manigault Newman will likely be continuing to make headlines for a little while longer as she can be expected to continue trickling out information from her time as a member of the Trump White House. The President has already filed for arbitration for a claim against her that she violated a non-disclosure agreement (NDA)… Continue reading Can Public Employees Be Made to Sign Non-Disclosure Agreements?
The First Amendment is causing quite a stir in social media as a result of two headlines this week: (1) A Federal Judge said that because the President’s Twitter feed is a public forum, he cannot ban any followers due to their speech and (2) The NFL stated that it will issues fines to teams… Continue reading 1st Amendment Stops Trump from Blocking Twitter Followers but Allows NFL to Ban Kneeling
An Upstate NY food truck that serves fusion barbecue fare under the name “Wandering Dago” scored a significant victory at the end of a legal battle with the State, which had banned Wandering Dago from serving its offerings at the Saratoga Race Track. and as part of the NY State Lunch Program on the Empire… Continue reading Fed Ct Says State Can’t Keep “Wandering Dago” Truck Away From Racetrack