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Three-second glimpse of porn brings six-figure FCC fine for Virginia television station

(03/23/15 11:21pm)

After years of inaction on indecency complaints, the FCC lowered the boom on a Virginia TV station that unwittingly included a screen-capture of a sex act in a newscast video. The $325,000 fine is the maximum allowed by law and one of the few imposed since the FCC lost a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court case questioning the constitutionality of federal indecency enforcement standards.



How much free-speech protection does a college applicant have? This federal court says: Zero.

(03/26/15 9:40am)

A student was denied admission to a Maryland community college's program in part because of a remark he made about being religious. Now, a U.S. district judge says the student has no free-speech case, and that colleges have unlimited leeway to reject applicants for "personal" remarks they make during admissions interviews.



Supreme Court declines to hear First Amendment challenge over school’s American flag clothing ban

(03/30/15 1:27pm)

A petition to the nation’s highest court followed a February 2014 ruling from three judges on the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in California, who found Live Oak High School officials did not violate the First Amendment when they ordered students to remove American flag T-shirts during a Cinco de Mayo celebration in 2010.