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Bad News Part II
for Trump on Legal Front
Dec 2, 2023 7:00 AM CST
Bad News Part II for Trump on Legal Front
After decision on claims of presidential immunity in civil case, judge in DC criminal case rules similarly
- An appeals court on Friday rejected former President Donald Trump's request to dismiss a set of civil lawsuits against him due to what he claimed was presidential immunity on things he did and said after the 2020 election. Later that day, Judge Tanya Chutkan similarly rebuffed Trump's claims...
Separation of Church, State
Nov 15, 2023 11:16 AM CST
Johnson Cites 'Misunderstanding' on Separation of Church, State
Christian conservative speaker claims religious influence on public life was meant to be protected
- The new House speaker has thrown his support behind former President Trump while aiming to correct what he claims is a "misunderstanding" about a core principle of US government. According to Mike Johnson, the Founding Fathers very much wanted faith to influence public life, despite the First Amendment prohibiting...
Coach Fired Over
Sep 6, 2023 6:05 PM CDT
Coach Fired Over Praying Quits After Winning Job Back
Joe Kennedy was on the field again for one game
- One game into his return to the football coaching staff at Washington's Bremerton High School, Joe Kennedy has resigned from the job the US Supreme Court allowed him to keep. "It is apparent that the reinstatement ordered by the Supreme Court will not be fully followed after a...
Teen Suspended for
Mocking Principal Sues
Jul 24, 2023 10:35 AM CDT
Teen Suspended for Mocking Principal Sues
Tennessee student says free speech rights were violated after Instagram posts made fun of school
- It's not unusual for students to poke fun of teachers or administrators, but one high school principal who suspended a teen for doing so is now on the receiving end of a First Amendment lawsuit. The
reports on the complaint filed Wednesday in the US District Court...
Document in SCOTUS LGBTQ+
Case Is Raising Eyebrows
Jun 30, 2023 8:33 AM CDT
Document in SCOTUS LGBTQ+ Case Is Raising Eyebrows
'Gay' man whose inquiry is evidence tells 'New Republic' he never made that inquiry—and isn't gay
- One of the Supreme Court's final rulings for this term is due out Friday regarding LGBTQ+ rights, but ahead of its release comes a report on a key document in the case. It appears that document may be phony, reports the
, which notes that "[raises] the possibility...
'One of Most Sex-Ridden
Books Around' Returned
to School Shelves
Jun 21, 2023 2:30 AM CDT
'One of Most Sex-Ridden Books Around' Returned to School Shelves
Utah's Davis School District reverses decision
- Bibles will return to the shelves in a northern Utah school district that provoked an outcry after it banned them from middle and elementary schools last month, the AP reports. Officials from the Davis School District said at a board meeting Tuesday that the district had determined the sacred text...
Graduate Honors Dual Heritage
Despite Judge's Ruling
May 29, 2023 4:07 PM CDT
Graduate Honors Dual Heritage Despite Judge's Ruling
Court backed Colorado school district wanting to prohibit sash with Mexican, American flags
- Although her school district told her not to, and a judge backed that decision up, a high school graduate wore a sash representing the flags of Mexico and the US to her commencement ceremony over the weekend. "Always stand up for what you believe in," Naomi Peña...
ACLU: 'After School Satan Club'
Ruling a Free Speech 'Victory'
May 2, 2023 3:18 PM CDT
ACLU: 'After School Satan Club' Ruling a Free Speech 'Victory'
Judge decides against Pennsylvania school district's barring of group's meetings, calling it 1A violation
- In Pennsylvania, the Saucon Valley School District backed down earlier this year from granting meeting space to the After School Satan Club after community outcry and even a shooting threat. Now, the club is celebrating what the ACLU is calling "a victory for free speech and religious freedom."...
Woman Who Honked Horn
at Protest Gets Some Bad News
Apr 11, 2023 8:36 AM CDT
Woman Who Honked Horn at Protest Gets Some Bad News
California woman supporting protesters that way wasn't covered by free speech, rules appeals court
- If you're tempted to honk your car horn in support of protesters, you might want to think twice in California. That's because on Friday, a three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld a lower court's ruling against Susan Porter, deciding that...
Cop Detains, Handcuffs
Reporter Outside Bank
Jan 5, 2023 5:55 PM CST
Cop Detains, Handcuffs
Reporter Outside Bank
Dion Rabouin was interviewing people outside bank branch in Phoenix
Wall Street Journal
says it is deeply concerned by the way one of its reporters was treated by police in Phoenix. New York-based reporter Dion Rabouin tells ABC15 he was working on a story about savings accounts and decided to do some man-on-the-street interviews outside a Chase Bank branch...
the 'Cat's Paws'
Nov 15, 2022 6:40 AM CST
Trump Re-Ups Fight Against the 'Cat's Paws' of Twitter
Former president files lawsuit in appeals court regarding his ban on social media platform
- Elon Musk has previously said he would lift former President Trump's Twitter ban, and now it looks as if it might be just a matter of time before that happens. Trump doesn't seem to want to wait for the social media platform's answer on that, however: On...
DMV Revoked Her Vanity
Plate. She's Fighting Back
in case you missed it
Aug 7, 2022 4:25 PM CDT
DMV Revoked Her Vanity Plate. She's Fighting Back
Federal judge rules that Kari Lynn Overington's suit on 'FCANCER' plate may proceed
- Kari Lynn Overington was in a celebratory mood when she hit the milestone of being cancer-free for two years, so she treated herself to a new car and a vanity plate that said "FCANCER," a defiant message to the breast cancer she'd beat. The DMV issued the...
Supreme Court Sides With
High School Coach Over Prayer
Jun 27, 2022 9:54 AM CDT
Supreme Court Sides With High School Coach Over Prayer
Justices say Joe Kennedy shouldn't have been fired for on-field prayers with team
- The Supreme Court's conservative majority has once again won the day in a closely watched case, this time over public prayer. The court ruled 6-3 that a high school football coach in Washington state who led prayers with players on the field after games shouldn't have been fired,...
Shawnee State and Prof
Settle Pronoun Dispute
Apr 19, 2022 2:35 PM CDT
Shawnee State and Prof Settle Pronoun Dispute
After a four-year legal battle, the professor won the right to ignore students' pronoun preferences
- Shawnee State University has reached a settlement with philosophy professor Nicholas Meriwether: he’ll get $400,000, plus he will not be required to use gender pronouns that offend his religious beliefs. In a statement, the Ohio school said it was "an economic decision," per CNN: "Though...
She Rejected the
Pledge in Class.
Now, a $90K
Mar 30, 2022 1:40 PM CDT
She Rejected the Pledge in Class. Now, a $90K Settlement
Mari Oliver says Texas high school teachers pressured her to say, write pledge of allegiance
- It's not uncommon for kids to raise complaints of bullying in school—but one former Texas high school student claimed the bullying came from teachers as well as fellow students. Now, Mari Oliver has settled a federal lawsuit brought against her one-time sociology teacher for $90,000 after alleging...
Judge: Sheriff Can't Force
Teen to Remove COVID Post
Sep 27, 2021 7:32 PM CDT
Judge: Sheriff Can't Force Teen to Remove COVID Post
Deputy threatened arrests over Instagram post early in the pandemic
- Amyiah Cohoon didn't intend to scare anyone or end up in the middle of a First Amendment court case. But after she posted three updates about her bout with COVID on social media, a sheriff's deputy showed up at her family home and told the 16-year-old to take...
Profane Post Is
Jun 23, 2021 11:43 AM CDT
SCOTUS: Cheerleader's Profane Post Is Free Speech
Ruling in favor of Brandi Levy could have 'significant ramifications'
- The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a cheerleader suspended from her high school team for using a vulgar word on Snapchat, thereby extending its protection of student speech to social media, the
Wall Street Journal
reports. "F--- school f--- softball f--- cheer f--- everything," a 14-year-old...
Class for Black
Lives Matter Tees
May 10, 2021 9:06 AM CDT
Young Brothers Yanked From Class for Black Lives Matter Tees
Okla. superintendent says 'politics' not allowed at school; mom says Black Lives Matter isn't political
- Two Oklahoma brothers were disciplined at school last week over their Black Lives Matter T-shirts, and their mom is pushing back. Per the
New York Times
, Jordan Herbert first got wind of an alleged violation of dress code policy on April 30, when her 8-year-old son, Ben, was told by...
Judge Rules on Battle Over
Student's Trump Portrait
Oct 11, 2020 2:30 PM CDT
Judge Rules on Battle Over Student's Trump Portrait
The district painted it over. A judge put his foot down.
- Want a painting of President Trump in your parking space? So be it. That's what a federal judge ruled Friday after a Louisiana teen's portrait of Trump sparked a brouhaha at his school, the
reports. "The painting of President Trump cannot reasonably be described as obscene...
Jul 25, 2020 5:30 AM CDT
Supreme Court Rejects Church's COVID Request
Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley wanted to get around Nevada's 50-person cap for religious services
- A sharply divided US Supreme Court denied a rural Nevada church's request late Friday to strike down as unconstitutional a 50-person cap on worship services as part of the state's ongoing response to the coronavirus. In a 5-4 decision, the high court refused to grant the request from...
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