First Amendment News

First Amendment News

On October 16, 2018, PEN America, an association of writers and other literary and media professionals, filed suit against President Donald Trump. The suit challenged his persistent use of threats and retaliatory acts against the press as a violation of the First Amendment. An amended complaint in that action was filed on February 6, 2019,... Read more Read more


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Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD) has introduced a bill (H.R. 936) to limit the reach of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010). As reported by Josh Kurtz in Maryland Matters, the bill would: [P]revent corporate expenditures for political campaigns unless the corporation has established a process for determining the political will of its majority... Read more Read more


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Justice Thomas Targets Sullivan (McKee v. Cosby, Jr., Feb. 19, 2019, concurring opinion re denial of cert.). Here are a few excerpts from that opinion: “New York Times [v. Sullivan] and the Court’s decisions extending it were policy-driven decisions masquerading as constitutional law.” “We did not begin meddling in this area until 1964, nearly 175 years after... Read more Read more


First Amendment News

Welcome back to First Amendment News (FAN), the weekly update of news concerning freedom of speech, press, assembly, and petition. FAN’s first issue was posted on February 10, 2014. Since then, 200 regularly scheduled weekly issues of FAN were posted on the Concurring Opinions website. (You can read the last post here.) Starting with the next... Read more Read more


First Amendment News

First Amendment News (FAN) is a weekly blog by Ronald K. L. Collins. FAN maintains editorial independence from FIRE as Collins maintains full control over its content. Previously hosted on Concurring Opinions, FAN takes a look at all news related to free expression and represents the views and interests of Mr. Collins. Collins is the... Read more Read more



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