‘An important step forward.’ Hailing the Justice Department’s new limits for government spying on journalists’ phone records and emails, the director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University nevertheless tells The New York Times it’s “crucial” that Congress write those rules into law.
■ The new policy includes broad exceptions, including cases when reporters have “used criminal methods … to obtain government information.”
‘We cannot … say everything and anything is protected speech.’ So ruled a municipal judge in New Jersey, ordering a woman to remove “F*** Biden” lawn signs.
■ But a law professor tells the Times he’ll be “stunned” if that ruling survives appeal.
Posthumous win. A federal appeals court has given a now-deceased documentary filmmaker a First Amendment victory, ruling that a St. Louis police officer who forcefully arrested him during a protest isn’t entitled to qualified immunity.
■ Ex-employees of the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, the National Security Agency and the Director of National Intelligence have lost an appeals court fight contending their First Amendment rights were compromised by requirements that they submit copies of their manuscripts to the government for pre-publication review.
On campus …
‘Students don’t need a permit.’ A conservative group is suing the University of Alabama over an outdoor events policy requiring that students request approval to speak three days in advance, with clearance subject to the university’s approval.
■ A federal appeals court has declined to grant a Texas high school teacher qualified immunity in a lawsuit alleging he retaliated against a then-student who refused to stand, salute the flag and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.