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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
 
  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
 
  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
 
  Justice Thomas defends Citizens United ruling
  Supreme Court jurist also says some criticisms of the high court 'border on being irresponsible.'     02.05.10
 
  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
 
  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
 
  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
 
  Ore. faith-healers convicted in teen son's death
  Neil Beagley, 16, died of complications from congenital urinary blockage that doctors said could have been treated.     02.03.10
 
  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
 
  Mass. high court: Journalist can't invoke anti-SLAPP law
  Unanimous decision allows real-estate developer to continue defamation lawsuit against Boston newspaper reporter.     02.02.10
 
  Ill. inmate can pursue religious-liberty lawsuit over pat-down
  By David L. Hudson Jr. However, federal judge rejects Yaphet K. Jamal's sexual-harassment claim.     02.02.10
 
  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
 
  Tenn. board approves Bible-class guidelines
  State officials say they tried to develop principles that are safe from legal challenge, but some say state-approved course could violate church-state separation.     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
 
  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
 
  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
 
  Prayer before N.C. meetings ruled unconstitutional
  Federal judge requires county board to stop religious invocations to open its meetings.     01.29.10
 
  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
 
  2 thrown out of Bush event can't revive lawsuit
  10th Circuit finds protesters can't sue because volunteers who evicted them acted under White House direction in official capacity.     01.29.10
 
  Study finds government subsidies for news media shrinking
  Many agencies preparing to shift public-notice ads online, cutting out important revenue for newspapers.     01.29.10
 
  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
 
  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
 
  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
 
 

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