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The Supreme Court mulls historic church preservation case

January 18, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

When can public funds be used to preserve historic buildings, if the structures also happen to be churches? A case from New Jersey could settle an apparent split among different courts involving the First Amendment and grants related to houses of worship.

When Festivus was recognized as a religion for several months

December 23, 2018 By NCC Staff

Eight years ago, an inmate in California and his lawyer convinced a judge that the Seinfeld-inspired holiday Festivus was a legitimate religious activity. The story made national headlines, but it also contained a few lessons about the legal system—and kosher food.

Five items Congress deleted from Madison’s original Bill of Rights

December 15, 2018 By NCC Staff

When James Madison spoke to the First Congress he proposed nearly 20 amendments as a Bill of Rights, and not the 10 we all know about. So what did Congress delete from the final list that was ratified by the states?

Once again, holiday displays face First Amendment questions

December 13, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

It is the season for controversy about public holiday displays, and this year’s stories include a fight over a cross in Missouri and some relocated Nativity scenes.

Survey: High school students, teachers differ on the First Amendment

December 6, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

A new Knight Foundation survey shows high school students compared with their teachers more strongly support certain First Amendment rights but have much less trust in the media than educators, especially when it comes to television.

CNN gets temporary due process ruling in Trump case

November 16, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

A federal judge granted a temporary restraining order on Friday allowing CNN reporter Jim Acosta to regain his White House press pass, pending a later ruling about broader constitutional issues in the case.

Supreme Court takes Bladensburg Peace Cross case

November 2, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in a highly publicized case from Maryland about the possible demolition of a memorial cross monument on public property.

Supreme Court takes public access TV case with bigger implications

October 15, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

The Supreme Court will settle a dispute over a video that aired on a New York City public access television channel that could have ramifications for social media and public radio stations.

A tale of two crosses at the Supreme Court

October 3, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Two different appeals at the Supreme Court are asking the Justices to reconsider rulings that bar the display of large crosses on public property, even if they have been in place for generations.

Judge extends 3-D gun blueprint ban until case is resolved

August 27, 2018 By NCC Staff

A federal judge in Seattle has issued a preliminary national injunction blocking a website from offering 3-D-printer gun blueprints until the case is resolved in court.

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