Sullivan’s Ripple Effect

National Archives-Atlanta, Records of District Courts of the United States (ARC ID 2641477) Sarah C In chapter four of “Freedom for the Thought We Hate” by Anthony Lewis, a case that I found incredibly interesting was New York Times v. Sullivan. This case was, (for lack of a better word,) huge. It took all the... Continue Reading →

Scandal, Defamation, and Near

In Chapter 4 of Freedom for the Thought We Hate, I found the case of Near v. Minnesota to be the most interesting. Reading about the Minnesota “Public Nuisance” law, that shut down “malicious, scandalous, and defamatory newspapers,” reminded me of the tons of malicious, scandalous, and defamatory newspapers I see at CVS every day... Continue Reading →

Protest or Righteous Bullying?

https://www.denverpost.com/2019/09/29/denver-children-drag-show-endures-amid-demonstrations/ The Denver Post, 9/29/19 The First Amendment protects the citizens’ right of assembly. But what happens when those being protested against are children? The Colorado Proud Boys and several antifascist activists exercised their First Amendment rights this Sunday... at the front of a children’s drag show. This drag show, held in Denver, Colorado, brings... Continue Reading →

Libel in an Era of Fake News

In chapter 4 of his book, Freedom for the Thought That We Hate, Anthony Lewis outlines the evolution of Libel law. He identifies the supreme court case, New York Times v. Sullivan as a turning point in the United States, claiming that it put an end to the concept of seditious libel and was extremely... Continue Reading →

Can you sue if it’s true?

We all have past experiences we aren’t proud of. You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone without a few ancestral skeletons in the closet––but few take home the prize for cringeworthy family roots quite like Edward Tayloe II. Tayloe is your average 76-year-old guy from Virginia: he’s white, he's angry, and he just happens to come... Continue Reading →

Hidden Gems – Articles With Another Message

NPR News’ recent report of activism in Houston dissects the fine line between peaceful protest and public disturbance. Greenpeace protesters, tied to ropes and carrying streamers, rappelled off of Houston’s Fred Hartman Bridge, blocking a ship channel through which oil from Shell and Exxon Mobil is imported and exported. More oil is exported through Houston... Continue Reading →

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