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 →

Hate Speech and the Classroom

An Indiana University professors’ racist, sexist, and homophobic comments throughout the years recently came to light via Twitter account SheRatesDogs, but the University provost stated that it was not enough to fire him (though she did denunciate him and his actions). The quote I find most troubling about provost Professor Robel’s statement, however, is this:... Continue Reading →

Where the First and Second Amendments Meet

Charels Donnelly, 23: “I will shoot any woman any time for any reason.” Police in Redmond, Washington seized Charels Donnelly’s weapons from his home after assessing the threat of Donnelly’s social media posts, including an image of Donnelly holding two AK-47 rifles with the caption “one ticket for joker please,” as well as posts regarding... Continue Reading →

Mark Zuckerberg and the Million Excuses

On October 31st, 2019, Aaron Sorkin, writer of “The Social Network,” wrote an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg for The New York Times on his hypocrisy and the irony of his Georgetown speech on protecting free speech. Recently, Zuckerberg has been defending his company’s posting of false advertisements regarding political candidates under the guise of... Continue Reading →

So Who is “The Press”, Anyways?

In Chapter 6 of “Freedom for the Thought We Hate” by Anthony Lewis, we gain insight on the issue of “press privilege,” and what exactly that means for reporters at the witness stand. One of the most important issues within this is that of defining what it really means to be part of the press.... 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 →

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