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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
 
Muslim group files complaint over Calif. mayor's remarks
Council on American-Islamic Relations claims R. Rex Parris violated civil rights of non-Christians when he said Lancaster was 'growing a Christian community.'     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
 
Federal judge dismisses suit filed by Tony Alamo followers
Members claimed Arkansas state agency infringed on their religious rights when it seized children from their compound.     02.07.10
 
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
 
Justice Thomas defends Citizens United ruling
Supreme Court jurist also says some criticisms of the high court 'border on being irresponsible.'     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
 
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
 
10th Circuit won't revive defamation suit against Grisham, others
By David L. Hudson Jr. Former Oklahoma prosecutor, investigators claimed authors libeled them in books about two men's wrongful rape, murder convictions.     02.04.10
 
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
 
Kan. high court refuses to shield reporter from testifying
Dodge City Globe had challenged subpoena on grounds that forcing Claire O'Brien to testify would violate her First Amendment rights, hurt her ability to gather news.     02.03.10
 
 

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