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  6th Circuit supports Tenn. school's Confederate flag ban
  Panel points to race-related incidents in ruling that school officials could bar symbol because they could 'reasonably forecast' that it would cause disruption.     08.21.08
  Federal judge: Man's anti-war T-shirts express 'core political speech'
  Arizona can't prosecute Dan Frazier under state law that bars sale of products that use military casualties' names without families' permission.     08.21.08
  Copyright holders must weigh fair use, federal judge says
  Ruling is first to require content owners to consider fair use of their material before demanding that Internet sites such as YouTube take down material.     08.21.08
  NYC to pay $2 million to anti-war protesters
  City agrees to settle lawsuit brought by 52 activists who say they were unjustly arrested in 2003 while demonstrating against Iraq war.     08.21.08
  Religious exemptions to vaccinations
  By Shaun McFall New research article examines contentious area of religious accommodation.     08.21.08
  Gag order lifted on MIT students who exposed subway fare flaws
  Federal judge says Massachusetts agency was unlikely to succeed on claim that students violated computer-fraud law, doesn’t rule on collegians' free-speech argument.     08.20.08
  Univ. of Ill. under fire for not opening Obama-related files
  College says it can't yet release records related to Democratic candidate's service to nonprofit group because unidentified donor hasn't turned over ownership rights.     08.20.08
  Company to ditch anti-nuke billboard at airline's request
  'It's disturbing that a private tenant (Northwest Airlines) in a public, taxpayer funded building can dictate' what ads can be displayed, says Union of Concerned Scientists media director.     08.20.08
  Rabbi fights order to halt home prayer meetings
  Backed by Maine Civil Liberties Union, Moshe Wilansky is asking zoning board to annul order because it violates his right to practice his religion.     08.20.08
  Inmate’s scribble on cell wall ruled a true threat
  By David L. Hudson Jr. Wisconsin appeals court unswayed by argument that penciled words constituted 'hyperbolic emotional outburst.'     08.19.08
  Calif. high court sides with lesbian in dispute with doctors
  Two Christian fertility specialists who refused to artificially inseminate Guadalupe Benitez have neither free-speech right nor religious exemption from state law, justices decide.     08.19.08
  Conn. judge won't allow release of ex-inmate's records
  Associated Press had requested prison documents related to case of man who served 18 years for crime he didn't commit.     08.19.08
  Fla. court limits access to D.C. Madam's suicide photos
  Judge says pictures can be viewed under state's public-records law but can't be copied or published.     08.19.08
  8th Circuit: Student's gory essay qualifies as 'true threat'
  Unanimous three-judge panel rejects Minnesota teen's free-speech claim, says teacher 'quite reasonably felt personally threatened.'     08.18.08
  Ohio judge can keep latest Ten Commandments display
  Federal judge rules poster that includes Decalogue doesn't violate 2002 order barring Judge James DeWeese from displaying religious codes in courtroom.     08.18.08
  Jack Landau, 'First Amendment guerrilla,' dies
  Veteran reporter helped organize Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in 1970.     08.18.08
  McCain ad strikes wrong chord, singer-songwriter says
  Jackson Browne files lawsuit, claiming use of 'Running on Empty' in ad was infringement of his copyright and will lead people to conclude he endorses Republican presidential hopeful.     08.18.08
  Rushdie condemns Random House cancellation of Muhammad novel
  Satanic Verses author decries 'censorship by fear' after publisher decides against publishing Sherry Jones' The Jewel of Medina because of warnings about violence by Muslims.     08.17.08
  Calif. bill would protect student journalism teachers
  State Senate passes amended measure, awaits end of budget impasse to send measure to governor.     08.16.08
  Ore. high court: Racist, homophobic speech is protected
  'We can deal with racism and homophobia in our society without doing damage to the important protections of free speech,' justices rule.     08.15.08
  Ohio library can't block religious group's meeting
  Federal judge prohibits public library from excluding activities it deems religious, though ruling doesn't express opinion on whether policy is constitutional.     08.15.08
  Lawyer's disciplinary records aren't public, Mont. justices decide
  State high court rejects newspaper's call to release records, saying it would be unfair to former city attorney to change rules now.     08.15.08
  McCain didn't violate campaign-finance laws, FEC lawyers say
  Attorneys issue memo affirming Republican presidential hopeful's right to bypass public-financing system and strict spending limits that come with it.     08.15.08
  Tribes express concern about firefighting in sacred places
  Spokesman for Yurok tribe says he's 'comfortable' if fire moves in naturally but will take issue if Forest Service sets perimeter fires in Klamath River canyon.     08.15.08
  8th Circuit upholds Ark. prison grooming policy
  Inmate had challenged rules, saying cutting his hair, beard would go against his Old Testament-based religious beliefs.     08.14.08
  Subpoena seeks to unmask anonymous bloggers
  Oklahoma Web site operator says he won’t cooperate with order and that all posts at issue were critical of local district attorney.     08.14.08
  Ind. mayor wants to oversee employees' press contacts
  Union official accuses Muncie Mayor Sharon McShurley of trying to restrict free speech.     08.14.08
  Groups challenge petition limits near Fla. polling places
  'Petition-gatherers have the right under the First Amendment to solicit signatures from voters who are leaving polling places,' says ACLU attorney.     08.14.08
  Court: U. of Calif. didn't discriminate against Christian schools
  Federal judge says plaintiffs failed to prove that religious intolerance, rather than academic merit, prompted university system not to count courses.     08.13.08
  Feds defend use of cyber law in MySpace suicide case
  Rebutting defense motion to dismiss case, prosecutors argue statute used to indict Lori Drew applies even though it's usually used against hackers who illegally obtain info from computers.     08.13.08

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