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Suffolk County Needs A Lesson in the First Amendment

Last week a Suffolk County Judge threw a blogger out of a criminal courtroom trial because she was blogging about events that happened in an open courtroom. The judge, James F.X. Doyle was concerned that the blogger had been posting “sensitive information” that prospective jurors had been revealing during the jury selection process. Apparently the […]

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Testing the Limits of the First Amendment

The new Supreme Court term started yesterday and while the docket is once again heavily laden with corporate issues, one of the earliest cases to be argued will be the one involving the Westboro Baptist Church’s practice of protesting at military funerals.  It is a case that is certain to add to the line of […]

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Unrestricted Lawyer Advertising? Oh My!

The Second Circuit, which is the Federal appeals court that covers New York, issued a decision on Thursday that removed almost all restrictions on lawyer advertising. In Alexander v. Cahill, the court was faced with an incredibly tacky ad: the upstate firm Alexander & Catalano used a graphic depicting the two principals of the firm […]