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Georgia court: Assisted suicide restrictions unconstitutional

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the state’s law banning people from advertising assistance for suicides violates free speech rights. The court unanimously struck down the 1994 law on the grounds that it “restricts speech in violation of the free speech clauses” found in the U.S. and Georgia…

Judge blocks restrictions on ‘Occupy Nashville’ protest

A federal judge Monday afternoon ordered Tennessee to stop enforcing new rules that restricted “Occupy Nashville” demonstrators’ ability to protest in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee (ACLU-TN). “The state cannot arbitrarily create restrictive policies just because it does not like how people…

Supreme Court strikes down state drug data mining law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court struck down on Thursday a state law that prohibits the use of prescription drug records for marketing, in a case pitting free-speech rights against medical privacy concerns. The high court handed a victory to data mining companies IMS Health, Verispan and Source Healthcare Analytics,…

Woman takes ex-boyfriend to court over his anti-abortion billboard

A New Mexico man was taken to court for harassment and violation of privacy by his ex-girlfriend for putting up a billboard that said she had an abortion against his wishes. The Associated Press reported that the billboard reads, “This Would Have Been A Picture Of My 2-Month Old Baby…

Appeals court allows prayer at Texas graduation

SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) – A federal appeals court ruled on Friday afternoon that students may pray and mention God at Saturday night’s graduation at a high school in a San Antonio suburb, overturning a district judge’s ruling. “Texas will continue to fight for the rights of all those who wish…

Fringe conservative group claims U.S. Muslims have no free speech rights

The right to freedom of religion guaranteed in the United States Constitution doesn’t apply to Muslims, according to a blogger writing for a conservative Christian organization. Bryan Fischer, a blogger for the ultra-conservative American Family Association (AFA), declared Thursday that Muslims have no First Amendment rights in the United States.…

ACLU to defend student sent home for wearing pro-equality shirt

An eighth-grade Louisiana student who was sent home from school for wearing a pro-equality shirt is receiving support from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). KTBS reported that De Soto Middle School student Dawn Henderson was ordered to go home after refusing to remove a shirt with the text “Some…

Former CIA analyst accosted during Clinton speech about tolerating free expression

The official position of the US Secretary of State is that countries around the world should respect their citizens’ rights to free speech, free expression and free assembly — and that’s precisely what Sec. Hillary Clinton said during a Tuesday speech at George Washington University. Unfortunately, as she spoke, not…

Newly elected GOP senator may back DISCLOSE Act

Republican Senator-elect Mark Kirk may help push through a campaign-finance transparency bill opposed by Republican leaders during the lame-duck session. Kirk defeated Democratic candidate Alexi Giannoulias for President Obama’s former Illinois Senate seat and is one of three new members of the Senate who will be sworn in to the…

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