Monday, June 19, 2023

Reshape shift? / Intervention / Wannabe seen

Reshape shift? The U.S. Supreme Court has tackled several free-speech cases this term but there are more on the current docket that could reshape First Amendment law.
■ Court justices ruled in favor of Tennessee whisky maker Jack Daniel’s in a trademark dispute with the makers of a dog toy.
The American Civil Liberties Union has asked the high court to help define “true threats,” which are not protected under the First Amendment.
■ The GOP is targeting companies that do research on the spread of disinformation, The New York Times reported.
North Carolina’s 2021 law to halt the issuing of Confederate-flag license plates will stand following an unsuccessful legal challenge.
The New York Court of Appeals has made it harder for music producer Dr. Luke to win his defamation suit against Tennessee pop singer Kesha.
Expressed right. A federal judge has declared that the city of St. George, Utah, violated the First Amendment when it refused to issue an event permit for an all-ages drag show in a public park.
A Pride Month protest led to violent skirmishes outside a school board meeting in Southern California.
When LGBTQ+ customers are denied services over religious beliefs, a majority of Americans side with the business owners, according to a Pew Research Center survey.
While its annual scorecard declared that all social media platforms do a poor job protecting LGBTQ+ users from hate speech, Twitter is the worst, reported advocacy group GLAAD.
A middle school soccer coach was reinstated by the Vermont school district that suspended him over a Facebook comment about a transgender athlete.
Intervention. Ownership of the writings of the Covenant School shooter, sought after by journalists and others, will go to the school’s parents instead, a Nashville attorney announced.
The 1995 decision to publish a ‘manifesto’ by Ted Kaczynski, the so-called “Unabomber,” remains fiercely debated today.
■ When coverage angered them, local officials sought revenge on their hometown newspapers.
Litigation is likely to follow an Oklahoma decision to allow the nation’s first publicly funded religious charter school.
Pharmaceutical company Merck has sued the U.S. government over a drug-price negotiation law, claiming it is unconstitutional.
March madness? Protesting without permission could lead to arrest under a new Mississippi law that restricts free speech.
■ A jury has convicted two Asheville, N.C., journalists for trespassing based on their involvement in videotaping police activity in 2021.
■ Access to police misconduct records may be difficult to attain under a new California proposal from the governor’s office.
New York’s Department of Correction has rescinded a directive to clamp down on writing and creative work by prisoners.
Elizabeth Gilbert, “Eat, Pray, Love” author, faced backlash from free-speech advocates for delaying the release of her new novel, which is set in Russia.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is wrong to label book bans a “hoax,” explained PEN America director Jonathan Friedman in a USA Today commentary.
Wannabe seen. Fox News expressed both regret and surprise for labeling President Biden a ‘wannabe dictator’ in an onscreen chyron message.
Three men were arrested and charged for vandalizing the homes of New Hampshire journalists in apparent retaliation for reporting on sexual harassment allegations.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is a step closer to extradition to the United States after a London high court denied his latest appeal.
Influential whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, who in 1971 leaked the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times, is remembered as a freedom of the press hero.
Longtime First Amendment law expert Steve Shiffrin has died.