Friday, May 01, 2015
By Kate Hinds
Friday, March 14, 2014
Fifty years ago, the Supreme Court made a decision in the case New York Times v Sullivan that would forever alter the way journalists practiced journalism. Brooke speaks with Andrew Cohen, contributing editor at The Atlantic and fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, about the decision's impact on the First Amendment.
Supreme Court audio courtesy of Oyez®, a multimedia judicial archive at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
Friday, January 24, 2014
A federal court ruled last week that a blogger who had lost a defamation suit in 2011 should have the same free speech protections as a traditional journalist, and as everyone else who publishes online. The blogger is Crystal Cox, who is notorious for creating domain names and blog posts tarring the online reputations of her targets and then offering to fix the problem for a price. Bob speaks to Ellyn Angelotti of the Poynter Institute about what the decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals means for First Amendment protections online, and whether it matters that Cox is the defendant.
Friday, January 24, 2014
The blogger Crystal Cox has also targeted First Amendment lawyer Marc Randazza, his wife, and their toddler. Bob spoke to Randazza in the Spring of 2012 about how Cox's actions were testing his free speech values. Since then, Randazza decided to take her to court and won. (He told us this week that his legal strategy had nothing to do with the content of Cox's speech and were instead based on domain law. His court arguments are available upon request, for free, if you ever find yourself in Cox's cross hairs). Randazza also blogs at The Legal Satyricon.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Thomas Healy reveals how the Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes became a free‑speech advocate and established the modern understanding of the First Amendment. A lifelong skeptic, Holmes disdained all individual rights, including the right to express one’s political views, but in 1919, he wrote a dissenting opinion that would become the canonical affirmation of free speech in the United States. The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind—and Changed the History of Free Speech in America is a remarkable behind-the-scenes campaign by a group of progressives to bring a legal icon around to their way of thinking.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Floyd Abrams, First Amendment lawyer and the author of Friend of the Court: On the Front Lines with the First Amendment looks back on his legal career dedicated to defending First Amendment rights, from the Pentagon Papers to Citizens United.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Slate columnist Fred Kaplan tells us why he thinks Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied under oath at a congressional hearing and should be fired. Plus: New York State Senator Liz Krueger talks about her push for the senate to act on Cuomo’s proposals for women; Meet New Jersey senate candidate Rush Holt; Floyd Abrams looks back on his legal career defending first amendment rights; and Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks, talks about turning plants into cocktails.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
James Goodale, chief counsel for the New York Times when the Pentagon Papers were published, tells the stories of the internal debates and the reasoning behind the strategy that emerged in the intense debate over whether or not publishing these documents would be in the country's interest. Fighting for the Press: The Inside Story of the Pentagon Papers and Other Battles follows those weeks in June when the press's freedom of speech came under its most sustained assault since the Second World War.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Details continue to emerge about how the Justice Department is investigating leakers and the reporters they collaborate with (including a long report in the Washington Post about Fox's James Rosen). Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker discusses the effect on journalists and the balance between revealing sensitive information and preserving freedom of the press.
The Affordable Care Act in a State that Has Embraced It, U.S. Seizes A.P.'s Phone Records, Inside the World of the ICU
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The House Votes to Repeal Obamacare for the 37th Time | The Affordable Care Act, from a State that's Embraced It | U.S. Seizes A.P.'s Phone Records: Media Surveillance and the Law | American Diplomat Suspucted of Espionage Detained by Russian Authorities | Immigration, Race and Hair, Through Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie's Eyes | A Look Inside the World of the ICU
Friday, August 10, 2012
Recently, Daniel Ray Carter, who works for the Sheriff of Hampton, Virgina, got fired after he 'liked' the Facebook page of his boss' political opponent. Now legal scholars are wondering how this relates to his first amendment rights. Is 'liking' a page an expression of free speech?
Friday, August 03, 2012
By Karol Markowicz : IAFC Blogger
The Chick-fil-a controversy was awkward for me at first because of the two reasons above: I'm a conservative, yes, but I don't like the food and, oh yeah, I'm fine with gay people marrying.
Friday, May 18, 2012
One of the great maxims in defense of the 1st Amendment is the insistence by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes that we must defend 'even the thought we hate'. But law professor Jeremy Waldron asks, when it comes to the most egregious hate speech, why? He explains to Brooke that words can and do hurt us and that there should be limitations on the most hateful expression.
Friday, April 06, 2012
First Amendment lawyer Marc Randazza disagrees with the Electronic Frontier Foundation's position on the Crystal Cox case despite being the target of one of her attacks. Randazza talks to Bob about that experience and whether it has tested his faith in the First Amendment.
Tanlines - Rain Delay
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The Associated Press has obtained a new report from the New York Police Department which provides a surprising portrait of just how far the NYPD's intelligence division went in a surveillance program targeting Muslims. The NYPD tracked closely the activities of Muslim student groups at 13 colleges in the northeast, monitoring their e-mails and taking notes on their activities.