First Amendment

25 Apr

Chalk away – The First Amendment lives!

Congratulations and thanks to my First Amendment Lawyers Association brother members Richard Wilson and Gary Edinger, and their colleague Christopher Cronon, for overcoming a content-based arrest and prosecution of a man for chalking his opinions on the sidewalk outside a courthouse. The case is Osmar v....

04 Mar

Abolish libel laws

On September 27, 2010, I summarized my reasons for why we need to abolish all libel laws, after having attended a September 21 talk by Rachel Ehrenfeld and others on the passage of the SPEECH Act, which substantially limits the ability of people to successfully...

04 Jan

Your Facebook postings and password may not be immune from disclosure by court order

Beware any notion that your Facebooking activities are confidential. Recently a Pennsylvania trial court granted a motion to compel discovery against a civil litigation plaintiff's Facebook page contents, user ID, and password, finding no special privacy protection in such material, and direct litigation relevance in the plaintiff's public Facebook...