First Amendment

L.I. Student's Bathroom Joke Prompts First Amendment FightA Long Island teen claims his First Amendment rights were violated after he was punished by school administrators for a line he ad-libbed during the school's variety show.
De Blasio: 'Flood Wall Street' Protesters Were Exercising First Amendment RightsMayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday defended a decision by the NYPD not to clear the streets during the “Flood Wall Street” climate change protest the day before.
Mass. Man Defends Snapping 'Upskirt' Photos As Constitutionally ProtectedMichael Robertson's attorney told the judge that if a clothed person reveals a body part - whether it was intentional or unintentional - he or she cannot expect privacy, and that Peeping Tom laws cover bathrooms and dressing rooms but not public areas.
Federal Court Rules Against Rowland Administration LayoffsA federal appeals court says former Gov. John Rowland's administration violated state employees' constitutional rights when it laid off 2,800 workers based on their union membership in 2003.
Blumenthal: Justice Department's Seizure Of AP Phone Records 'Deeply Troubling'The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative's top executive called a "massive and unprecedented intrusion'' into how news organizations gather the news.
Fed Judge Rules In Favor Of Attack Ads At MTA Stations Targeting Radical MuslimsA legal fight over freedom of speech is spilling into New York’s subway tunnels. A sign about "Jihad" is set to debut next week. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it crosses the line, but a judge disagrees.
Union Argues New FDNY Directive Is 'Ridiculous' & Violation Of Free Speech At issue is a revised directive that prohibits opinions or viewpoints from being posted on firehouse walls. UFA President Steve Cassidy says the policy violates firefighters' First Amendment rights.
Low Enrollment, Controversy Forces Changes At Brooklyn Arabic SchoolWhen it opened four years ago the Khalil Gibran School became a lightning rod for criticism. Opponents feared it would teach Islamic extremism. The founding principal sued the city after she said she was forced out.
Newspaper Wins Lawsuit Against Yonkers MayorA federal jury has awarded $8 million to a weekly newspaper that claimed the mayor wrongly confiscated copies of the paper after it ran articles critical of him.
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