1st Amendment

  • Civil Rights Violations in Ferguson and Austin

    … A Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery was arrested August 13, 2014 for “trespassing” in a McDonald’s. Watch the video provided by the Washington Post. This isn’t just any McDonald’s. No, this particular McDonald’s is where reporters who cover the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of a young African American man commonly gather. Mr. Lowery’s…

    Bill Mange/ Austin Criminal Defense Lawyer- 32 readers -
  • Dear Police, Recording You in Public is Not a Crime

    … that the phone does have this evidence. And doesn't the First Amendment give me the right to record, anyways? Something I'm sure many of you have been wondering while reading this, the answer to this question is sadly far more up to debate than it should be thanks to the Supreme Court's reluctance to address this matter head on. Seth Kreimer, a law…

    A.J. Afkari/ Techlawgic- 25 readers -
  • (Re-)Writing a Cyberbullying Law

    …. In what stands to be used as a test case for the validity of cyerbullying laws passed by states across the country, the New York court determined that the law violated the First Amendment because it "would criminalize a broad spectrum of speech outside the popular understanding of cyberbullying." However, those seeking a legislative response…

    A.J. Afkari/ Techlawgic- 31 readers -
  • Is Rapping on Facebook a Crime? The Unsympathetic Case of a Wanna-Be Eminem

    … his conviction violates his First Amendment rights, and, in a move perhaps motivated by recent mass shootings that were preceded by online threats, the Supreme Court has decided to hear him out this upcoming fall. A case involving issues of free speech, artistic expression, and systematic minority oppression all wrapped within the context of online…

    A.J. Afkari/ Techlawgic- 26 readers -