Suing Ideas & Leaders

Imagine suing an idea. Well, you don’t really have to imagine, since a Louisiana police officer tried to do just that. Injured in a protest, the officer tried to sue the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. Judge Brian A. Jackson stated “A hashtag is patently incapable of being sued.” He also tried to sue “Black Lives Matter,” but... Continue Reading →

You need to give a sh*t

I'd like to start this post off with a challenge. Name a single pivotal moment in modern-history in which the media didn't play a role in. From murder trials, the only U.S. President to resign, and election coverage, our media is with us every step of the way. They not only report the happenings, but... Continue Reading →

First Amendment @ The Border

image credit: The Washington Post Since the 2016 Presidential election there has particular political attention paid to the “border crisis.”  Depending on your political ideology, this term, “border crisis” means two different things. Conversation has turned into an outcry, on both sides.  The Trump administration has pushed for a literal “border wall”, increased security, harsher... Continue Reading →

What Makes Them "Tick"?

I was in high school when the Charlie Hebdo shooting happened in Paris. The shooting, which killed 12 people and injured 11, was in response to comics published by the satirical newspaper that depicted the Prophet Muhammad. Islam forbids depictions of the Prophet, and in nations where Islamic law is in place, those who create... Continue Reading →

M*rry Ch**stmas

Photo from salon.com It’s the most wonderful time of the year: hot chocolate is being consumed by the gallons, stockings are being hung by the chimney with care, Target looks like Santa’s workshop after a robbery, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Actually, maybe not snow, I don’t think the Red Line... Continue Reading →

Climate Change Denial: Opinion or Libel?

When it comes to issues of libel and defamation, I usually find myself siding with the press. I think of cases like Hustler Magazine v. Falwell or Bollea v. Gawker, or even New York Times v. Sullivan. But what if statements of opinion in the press invalidate accurate facts about important issues like climate science? ... Continue Reading →

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