If you’re at all a fan of the First Amendment, there was plenty to like about today’s decision by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals striking down a Florida law that prohibited doctors from asking whether there are guns in the home. Read more →
MPR News Reflections and observations on the news
In upholding a lower court ruling, the Minnesota Supreme Court said the woman, who was suspected of possessing meth, had no expectation of privacy when visiting another home.
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The Superior Court of Pennsylvania made the ruling this week in the case of Jason Roy Waugaman, 35, who had dropped his kids off at his wife’s home during a custody exchange. She stood in front of his truck, he hit the gas to scare her and drove off while giving her the obscene gesture. Read more →
University of Minnesota students get a lesson: A political message that people may find offensive doesn’t cross the constitutional free speech line. Read more →
Minnesota lawmakers were willing to see the Equal Rights Amendment added to the U.S. Constitution, but they never added it to the state constitution. Read more →
The protests surrounding the police killings of black men have provided fertile ground for a discussion of First Amendment issues and today Providence, Rhode Island is the latest example. Read more →
State school chief Kirsten Baesler and first lady Betsy Dalrymple announced a bill they will have filed that will require high school kids to answer questions on the citizenship test as a requirement for graduation. Read more →
What on earth is being taught in history and civics classes? Apparently it’s neither history nor civics.
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Many Americans, this week’s news stories confirm, don’t have a clue what the First Amendment says or what it means.
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At least for now, the mass collection of phone records is an unreasonable search under the Constitution, federal judge Richard Leon ruled today. He granted a preliminary injunction sought by two men — Larry Klayman and Charles Strange — saying they were likely to prevail in their constitutional challenge. But he stayed the injunction pending Read more →
A Detroit Free Press photographer was arrested by police as she filmed an arrest. While she was detained, the SIM card in her iPhone that she was using mysteriously disappeared. A man who didn’t identify himself as a cop told her to turn the camera off, and when she identified herself as a journalist, he Read more →