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Updated 2/8 by Nick Glunt, SPLC staff writer. Original post by Frank LoMonte.
A former Georgia college student who was expelled after he crusaded against the college president's parking-garage project can recover damages for violations of his constitutional rights, a federal appeals court decided Tuesday.
The 11th U.S.
Late last month, I wrote about the Missourian's conflict of interest policies and how I thought they looked unconstitutional because they amounted to state-enforced censorship.
For many people, it's unsettling to live in a "watched" world where security cameras record every public movement, cell phones keep track of locations, and websites monitor searching and visiting habits.
If legislative sponsors in New York get their way, it soon will be unlawful for college athletic departments to provide a team roster to The Washington Post, ESPN or any other national news organization.
It sounds crazy, but it's the result of a pair of privacy-on-steroids bills, S2357 and A8474, filed last year in the New York legislature and awaiting consideration this session.
These measures -- which began as limited and well-intentioned efforts to protect student confidentiality and morphed during committee hearings into something much more -- are emblematic of the mischief that sweeps the country this time of year, when state legislatures typically come back into session.
A survey by American Journalism Review found that the number of reporters assigned to cover state capitols declined 32 percent between 2003 and 2009.
A Senate bill in Colorado has been proposed in hopes of repealing the state’s criminal libel law.
The current law defines criminal libel as a class six felony.
Earlier today, the University of Minnesota's excellent student newspaper, The Minnesota Daily, held an online chat via Twitter to hear readers' reactions to the paper's extensive coverage of a key First Amendment case playing out on campus.
A federal appeals court's ruling in favor of an Eastern Michigan University student who claims she was forced out of her chosen academic program, counseling, because of her faith-based opposition to homosexuality is being hailed in religious-freedom circles as a grand victory.
And technically, a "victory" it was.
It is now firmly established that emails sent or received by government officials are subject to public review under state open-records laws.
The “I ? Boobies” cancer awareness campaign saw more publicity Monday than Madonna’s performance at the Super Bowl halftime show a night prior.
Unless an outbreak of common sense sweeps through the Statehouse, Indiana is about to become the most frightening place in America to be a kid.
House Bill 1169, pushed by the special-interest lobbyists for school administrators, would unleash school principals to control essentially anything their students do – anytime, anywhere – that they disapprove of.
The bill, sponsored by Rep.
The International Students for Liberty Conference is in Washington, D.C.
When the microphones were left open at the end of the Senate committee hearing on Indiana's "Put a Principal in Your Bedroom Bill," a supporter of HB 1169 was heard to exclaim, "None of these people testified against it in the House!"
Eastern Michigan University is asking a Cincinnati-based federal appeals court to take the rare step of convening all 16 active-duty judges to rehear the case of a college student who claims EMU punished her for expressing religious-based opposition to homsexuality.
In a motion filed Feb.
The culprits behind recent newspaper thefts at Florida Atlantic University were found — and they’re a class of engineering students.
Mariam Aldhahi, editor in chief of the University Press student newspaper, said they discovered Jan.
It’s not often a student journalist is targeted with violence over something they’ve written. It’s even rarer for an entire school to rally behind them.
Bridgewater State University student journalist Destinie Mogg-Barkalow, who wrote a pro-gay marriage editorial last week, was allegedly assaulted over her opinion piece.
Laura Leigh's "newsroom" is a dusty Nevada prairie, which she traverses in a battered 1998 Ford pickup in search of images for a magazine and blog focusing on the federal culling of wild horse populations.
As described in a colorful Las Vegas Review-Journal profile, Leigh has become a persistent, if affectionately tolerated, antagonist to the Bureau of Land Management and those who run its wild horse capture program.
On occasion, people in positions of public authority know "just enough law to be dangerous" -- not enough to actually get the answer right, but enough to convince themselves that they have, because the answer has lots of authoritative-sounding words in it.
This is the story of one such occasion.
Recently, the SPLC attorney hotline received what started out as an unremarkable call from a college journalist whose request to a government agency for public records was denied.