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  Mass. high court: Sexual instant messages to minors are legal
  Justices say Legislature must change statute to bar such texts; state senator says she'll file legislation 'to bring this law into the 21st century.'     02.08.10
 
  Alito objected to Obama's history claim
  On basis of justice's questions in Citizens United arguments, it seems clear he took issue with assertion that ruling 'reversed a century of law.'     02.08.10
 
  Rowdy W.Va. student basketball fans under fire
  University official warns students after profanity at game reaches such volume it was heard on national TV.     02.06.10
 
  3rd Circuit rulings cloud issue of off-campus student speech
  One panel of judges upholds suspension of eighth-grader for fake MySpace page; another panel says school officials can't punish senior for his parody page.     02.05.10
 
  Springsteen wants name off lawsuit against NYC bar
  Music-industry group is demanding licensing fees from Manhattan bar where band performed two of New Jersey rocker's songs.     02.05.10
 
  Justice Thomas defends Citizens United ruling
  Supreme Court jurist also says some criticisms of the high court 'border on being irresponsible.'     02.05.10
 
  St. Louis ordered to nix anti-leafleting law
  Under consent judgment in ACLU lawsuit, city will stop enforcing ordinance, which made it a crime to place fliers on parked cars, and remove it from books.     02.05.10
 
  NYC billboard rules don't violate First Amendment, 2nd Circuit says
  'The fact that the city has chosen to value some types of commercial speech over others does not make the regulation irrational,' three-judge panel finds.     02.04.10
 
  Student says he was booted from honor society for Facebook page
  Page created by Alex Fuentes became popular venue for student criticism of Wesley Chapel (Fla.) High School.     02.04.10
 
  Lawmakers pledge action to limit election spending
  Senators, representatives plan to introduce legislation — including constitutional amendment — to counter high court's ruling in Citizens United.     02.03.10
 
  Cities can't be plaintiffs in open-meetings lawsuit, Texas argues
  State attorney general tells court four towns can't challenge statute on free-speech grounds because, as government agencies, they don't have First Amendment rights.     02.03.10
 
  Censored lyrics not music to Grammy viewers' ears
  Prolonged bleeps left many people wondering why certain recording stars were invited to appear while the sort of music that earned their invitation was turned into audio Swiss cheese.     02.02.10
 
  N.H. high court orders group to turn over salary records
  Justices say knowing how public body spends taxpayers' money in conducting public business 'is essential to the transparency of government.'     02.01.10
 
  'Who Dat' got rights to famous Saints cheer?
  NFL and WhoDat, Inc. each claim ownership of phrase associated with New Orleans football team; fans, T-shirt makers doubt anyone can own phrase.     02.01.10
 
  Government secrecy often the rule in Mississippi
  Despite open-meetings and public-records laws that are decades old, access to information can be difficult.     01.30.10
 
  Nev. teachers union tries to block student newspaper article
  But high school principal, district superintendent refuse, saying halting publication of story, which is critical of school's music teacher, would violate First Amendment.     01.29.10
 
  Alito shakes head as Obama slams Citizens United
  Supreme Court justice appears to mouth words 'not true' during State of the Union speech when president says corporations can now 'spend without limit in our elections.'     01.28.10
 
  Conn. tries to stop inmates seeking dirt on guards
  State considers restricting prisoners from using FOI laws to get personal information on guards for harassment purposes.     01.28.10
 
  D.C. Circuit skeptical of campaign-finance rules
  Several judges say during hearing that outcome of current case is compelled by the reasoning in high court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC.     01.28.10
 
  Defamation suit against baseball team, announcer strikes out
  Dismissing case against Milwaukee Brewers and Bob Uecker, Wisconsin appeals court adopts new legal standard that will limit lawsuits over allegedly defamatory communications.     01.28.10
 
  N.J. high court: Sexual-harassment settlement should be public
  Asbury Park Press filed suit seeking records after Monmouth County refused to disclose terms of deal with county employee.     01.27.10
 
  Ohio high court narrowly interprets anti-porn law
  Decision deals blow to free-speech advocates; case goes back to 6th Circuit.     01.27.10
 
  Obama lashes out at high court over campaign finance
  Democrats trying to devise new restraints on corporate election spending in wake of Citizens United ruling.     01.25.10
 
 

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