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Facebook "Like" as 1st Am. Speech: The Appeal

Does a Facebook "Like" constitute speech for the purposes of the 1st Amendment? In April, a federal judge in Virginia concluded that it did not in Bland v. Roberts (E.D. Va. Apr. 24, 2012) . Many legal spectators, including me, disagreed with the holding and speculated that the decision would...

Remember that Professor Who Compared 9/11 Victims to Nazis?

Remember Ward Churchill? He is best known for his "scholarly" work calling the people killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11 "little Eichmanns" ( this Eichmann , the Nazi). The University of Colorado subsequently investigated him and found that he had plagiarized writings, fabricated...

SCOTUS Grants Cert in First Amendment "Perceived Support" Case

SCOTUS kicked off their new season last Thursday with some cert. grants, including a new employment law case. The Court granted cert in Heffernan v. City of Patterson . I blogged about this case earlier in the year following the Third Circuit's decision [subscribers can access an enhanced version...