Tag Archives: Free Speech

April 2, 2014 United States Supreme Court opinions

Northwest, Inc. v Ginsberg Northwest terminated Ginsberg membership in its frequent flier program. Ginsberg sued alleging several causes of action including breach of the duty of good faith. The district court ruled the good faith claim preempted. The 9th Circuit … Continue reading

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February 11, 2014 4th Circuit published opinion

American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina v Tata North Carolina authorized prolife vanity license plates, but, did nto authorize prochoice plates. Union sued and obtained an injunction prohibiting the issuance of the prolife plates. The panel affirmed. It rejected … Continue reading

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August 14, 2012 4th Circuit published opinions

United States v Dinkins Dinkins and several codefendants were tried and convicted of drug trafficking and weapons charges as well as murdering a government witness. The trial judge ordered an anonymous jury empanelled and allowed the statements of a deceased … Continue reading

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June 28, 2012 United States Supreme Court opinions

United States v Alvarez Alvarez lied about receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor and pled guilty to a criminal charge. The 9th Circuit held the statute criminalizing lies about military honors was unconstitutional. In a later case, the 10th circuit … Continue reading

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June 27, 2012 4th Circuit published opinions

Jane Powers Huggins v Prince George’s County Maryland Huggins operated a salvage yard in violation of county ordinances. Based on her understanding that future violations would be handles in a consultive manner, she entered into consent decrees to follow the … Continue reading

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H.R. 347: Criminalizing Protests?

H.R. 347, the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act, recently passed Congress and was sent to President Obama for his signature.  The act will amend 18 U.S.C. Section 1752 which makes it unlawful “for any person or group of persons—(1) willfully … Continue reading

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