Tag Archives: First Amendment

Show Your Civic Illiteracy

For proof of how many Americans fail to comprehend the scope of fundamental rights protected by the U.S. Constitution–not that more proof is needed–read this story about a high school student who successfully challenged the presence of a Christian prayer … Continue reading

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“Reincarnation Credentials?”

The New York Times reports on an interesting case involving William Lawrence Cassidy, who posted over 8,000 Twitter and blog posts attacking a Buddhist leader named Alyce Zeoli. Cassidy has been arrested and charged with with violating a federal online-stalking … Continue reading

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Cyberbullying Acquittal

Missouri’s first post-Megan Meier cyberbullying prosecution ended in the defendant’s acquittal.  Elizabeth Thrasher was charged with harassment after a spat with her ex-husband’s girlfriend’s teenage daughter led her to post personal information and photos culled from the daughter’s MySpace page … Continue reading

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Shariah Ban KO’d in OK

I should have posted this months ago to close the story.  Better late, etc.  Remember Oklahoma’s referendum last November (see posts here and here) banning Shariah law, sponsored by a Republican legislator and approved by 70% of voters, even though … Continue reading

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More on WikiLeaks

In my Internet law course we talk about some of the Internet cultures that formed in the 1990′s–techno-Utopians, anarchists, parliamentarian legalists, and royalists, to borrow Julian Dibble’s categories. Many students wonder why.  These categories from a lost world have little … Continue reading

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Today’s Amazon Special: Flip-Flops

Amazon.com has taken brief, Kerry-esque, we-were-for-it-until-we-were-against-it stands on recent controversies. That’s What Pedophilia Means? A month ago Amazon.com received heat for selling The Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover’s Code of Conduct, a self-published rulebook by the self-appointed Mr. … Continue reading

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WikiLeaks II

The best source I’ve found of potential criminal charges in connection with WikiLeaks’ release of diplomatic correspondence is from the Congressional Research Service.  Dated December 6, written by Legislative Attorney Jennifer K. Elsea, and 21 pages long, Criminal Prohibitions on the … Continue reading

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