3rd Circuit Finds 1st Amendment Violations In School Discipline For Online Postings

PHILADELPHIA - (Mealey's) In rulings issued June 13 in two cases that it reheard en banc, the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found that schools do not have the authority to regulate students' speech that occurs off school grounds if the speech does not pose a significant threat of substantial...

Pennsylvania Teens Can't Be Suspended For MySpace Parodies

PHILADELPHIA - (AP) Two Pennsylvania teens cannot be disciplined at school for MySpace parodies of their principals created on home computers, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in a high-profile case involving students and free speech. The postings, however lewd or offensive, were not likely to cause...

Supreme Court: No First Amendment Protection For Government Employee's 'Petition'

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A government employer's actions alleged to be retaliatory are not limited by the First Amendment's petition clause unless the employee's petition is related to a matter of public concern, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 20, vacating a ruling by the Third...