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2006-07 Supreme Court case tracker
By First Amendment Center Online staff

Case Lower court Cert. granted Oral arguments scheduled Ruling Vote
Davenport
v.
Washington Education Association


(consol. w/ Washington v. WEA)
Washington Supreme Court Sept. 26, 2006

Analysis
Jan. 10, 2007

Analysis
June 14, 2007

News

Analysis
9-0
Morse
v.
Frederick
9th Circuit Dec. 1, 2006

News

Analysis
March 19, 2007

News

Analysis
June 25, 2007

News

Analysis
5-4
Hein
v.
Freedom from Religion Foundation
7th Circuit Dec. 1, 2006

Analysis
Feb. 28, 2007

News

Analysis
June 25, 2007

News

Analysis
5-4
Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association
v.
Brentwood Academy
6th Circuit Jan. 5, 2007

Analysis
April 18, 2007

News
June 21, 2007

News
9-0
Federal Election Commission
v.
Wisconsin Right to Life Inc.


(consol. w/ McCain, et al. v. Wisconsin Right to Life)
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Jan. 19, 2007

News

Analysis
April 25, 2007

News

Analysis
June 25, 2007

News

Analysis
5-4
Dayton
v.
Hanson
D.C. Circuit Jan. 19, 2007 April 24, 2007 May 21, 2007 8-0
Lance
v.
Coffman


(formerly Lance v. Dennis)
U.S District Court for the District of Colorado -- -- March 5, 2007 (per curiam)

News
9-0
New York Board of Elections
v.
Torres
2nd Circuit Feb. 20, 2007

News

Analysis
     
Washington
v.
Washington State Republican Party


(consol. w/ Washington State Grange v. Washington State Republican Party)
9th Circuit Feb. 26, 2007

News

Analysis
     
U.S.
v.
Williams
11th Circuit March 26, 2007

News
     



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Brentwood's First Amendment impact may be limited
By Tony Mauro Concurrences warn against taking rationale in lead opinion too far in restricting certain speech.
 •  Quick look 06.22.07



1 First Amendment case on Court docket
2006-07 Supreme Court term preview by Tony Mauro Case concerns whether states may prohibit labor unions from using non-union employee dues for political activities without consent. 09.26.06

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5 cases turned away
First Amendment-related cases run gamut from gag order on prominent attorney to sheriff accused of violating rights of political opponents. 10.02.06


Alito offers support for free-speech rights
U.S. Supreme Court justice tells audience that he is 'a very strong believer in the First Amendment' and 'would be reluctant to support restrictions on what people can say.' 06.15.07


Court appears divided in faith-based case
By Tony Mauro Justices must review earlier precedent to decide if atheists have standing to sue over Bush administration program. 03.01.07



Court may untangle student-speech cases with 'Bong Hits'
By Tony Mauro But whether Morse v. Frederick will end confusion for school administrators or add to it is far from clear. 12.04.06



Court ready to chip away at campaign-finance law?
By Tony Mauro Two justices suggest issue-ad ban squelches political speech when it matters most. 04.26.07



Divided Court allows 'issue ads' close to elections
Justices' 5-4 vote in favor of Wisconsin Right to Life weakens key provision of 2002 campaign-finance law. 06.25.07



First Amendment claims get mixed reception at Court
By Tony Mauro Rulings shed light on how more conservative majority looks at the First Amendment — and how the moderate-liberal wing is losing ground. 06.26.07



High court agrees to review child-porn law
11th Circuit had found pandering provision of PROTECT Act of 2003 overbroad, impermissibly vague. 03.26.07



High court decision restricts whistleblower rewards
Ruling against retired engineer who sued over fraud at nuclear-weapons plant means it'll be tougher for whistleblowers to claim cash rewards. 03.28.07


High court hears atheists' challenge to faith-based programs
Issue is whether individuals have standing by virtue of their being taxpayers to bring complaint in federal court system. 02.28.07



High court limits student speech in 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' case
Schools may prohibit student expression that can be interpreted as advocating drug use, Chief Justice John Roberts writes. 06.25.07



High court refuses 3 more First Amendment appeals
Cases dealing with campaign finance, objection to class about Islam, nude-dancing ordinance fail to gain hearing from justices. 10.03.06


High court refuses to take crack at Da Vinci Code case
Justices won't consider allegations of copyright infringement brought by author of Daughter of God. 11.14.06


High court set to hear dispute over union's use of money
At issue in case to be heard this week is whether Washington Education Association needs nonmember teachers to say 'yes' before their fees can be used for political causes. 01.08.07


High court skeptical of issue-ad limits
Justice Alito, who wasn't on bench last time campaign-finance case was considered, may hold pivotal vote. 04.25.07



High court to review Wash. primary system
9th Circuit had found 'top-two' system, which has never been used, infringes on political parties' rights to choose nominees. 02.26.07


High court won't hear NYC schools Nativity case
Justices let stand 2nd Circuit decision upholding policy that bans displays of Nativity scenes but allows Santa Claus, Christmas trees and Jewish, Islamic symbols. 02.20.07



Is McCain-Feingold Act poised for a setback?
By Tony Mauro Campaign-finance law's restriction on certain ads before elections will be tested in FEC v. Wisconsin Right to Life. 01.22.07



Justices again hear Tenn. student-athlete recruiting case
State athletic association argues private school's free-speech rights aren't violated by limits on contact with students. 04.18.07


Justices appear unsympathetic to union's free-speech arguments
By Tony Mauro It seems likely that Roberts Court is poised to make dramatic shift concerning use of nonmembers' union dues. 01.11.07


Justices may take centrist view of 'Bong Hits' case
By Tony Mauro Wariness of giving schools too much power over student speech contends with desire to help them fight drug use. 03.20.07



Justices to hear 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' case
Juneau, Alaska, school board appealing 9th Circuit ruling that teen's free speech was infringed when he was disciplined for showing pro-drug banner off-campus. 12.01.06



Justices uphold limits on school sports recruiting
Unanimous ruling rejects private Tennessee high school's argument that state athletic association's rules violate its free-speech rights.
  • Quick look
  • 06.21.07




    PROTECT Act to face high court scrutiny
    By Tony Mauro Justices to decide whether latest congressional effort to combat child pornography violates First Amendment. 03.27.07



    Public unions suffer setback over fees
    By Tony Mauro Davenport shows shift away from labor unions in balancing First Amendment rights of unions, nonmembers.
  • Quick look
  • 06.15.07



    Rhetoric aside, most First Amendment claimants lose
    By Tony Mauro Beyond the scorekeeping, however, 2006-07 term gives important insights into how Roberts, Alito view First Amendment. 07.16.07


    Sports-recruiting case returns to high court
    By Tony Mauro Tennessee case centers on whether athletic association can punish Brentwood Academy for coach's letters inviting prospective students to football practice. 01.08.07


    States may limit how unions use public employees' money
    Court says Washington state law doesn't violate union's First Amendment rights. 06.14.07


    Supreme Court to review N.Y. judicial-selection process
    Lower courts have ruled that state's use of political conventions instead of primaries to pick judicial contenders violates First Amendment rights of candidates, voters. 02.20.07


    Supreme Court: Fla. nude protester not entitled to legal fees
    Ruling cautions, however, that justices are taking no position 'on the extent to which the First Amendment protects artworks that involve nudity.' 06.05.07



    Supreme Court: Photo buttons didn't bias jury in murder trial
    Ruling in case, which had First Amendment overtones, marks first time justices have weighed in on whether conduct of courtroom spectators deprived defendant of fair trial. 12.11.06


    Taxpayers can't challenge faith-based program, justices rule
    5-4 ruling blocks lawsuit by atheist-agnostic group against initiative to include religious charities in competition for federal grants. 06.25.07




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