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Justice Department insists Trump Twitter account is private

October 18, 2017 By NCC Staff

In legal papers filed late last week, Justice Department lawyers want a federal court to dismiss a First Amendment lawsuit about President Donald Trump’s Twitter account.

The First Amendment and restricting professional athlete protests

September 25, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The current debate over pro sports athletes’ symbolic protests in public arenas touches on some basic First Amendment constitutional concepts – and unsettled areas of the law.

Ex-football coach loses federal appeal over prayer case

August 25, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

A former Washington state public high school football coach has lost his latest court battle over his right to lead prayers on the gridiron after games.

Podcast: Trump, Twitter and the First Amendment

August 17, 2017 By NCC Staff

Can President Trump block citizens from following his own Twitter feed?  Alex Abdo and Eugene Volokh join National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the First Amendment aspects of a pending legal case.

The boundaries of free speech at public colleges

August 16, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

When and where can students and members of the public express their free-speech rights at public universities? These First Amendment rights are limited and differ greatly based on policies set by colleges and state lawmakers.

Three Supreme Court cases involving the Ku Klux Klan

August 15, 2017 By NCC Staff

Violent public demonstrations involving white supremacists and counter-protesters in Virginia last weekend are driving a lot of attention to the long-debated subject of free speech rights in public locations.

Interactive Constitution: Right to assemble and petition

August 14, 2017 By John Inazu and Burt Neuborne

In this essay from the National Constitution Center's Interactive Constitution project, John Inazu and Burt Neuborne explain how the First Amendment protects two distinct rights: assembly and petition.

Interactive Constitution: The meaning of free speech

August 13, 2017 By Geoffrey R. Stone and Eugene Volokh

In this essay from the National Constitution Center's Interactive Constitution project, Geoffrey R. Stone and Eugene Volokh explain the meaning and limitations of free speech under the First Amendment.

Subpoena threats for news organizations real, but not new

August 7, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that the Justice Department is looking at an expanded policy to subpoena more news organizations who publish classified information. So how would this affect journalists’ First Amendment rights?

10 facts about the most famous scene in legal history

July 20, 2017 By NCC Staff

The legendary confrontation between William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow in the Scopes Monkey Trial took place on a hot Monday afternoon in July 1925. But the real clash of the cultural titans didn’t exactly match what was later popularized in movies and theater.

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