Steve West

Steve is a legal correspondent for WORLD. He is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, Wake Forest University School of Law, and N.C. State University. He worked for 34 years as a federal prosecutor and is now an attorney in private practice. Steve resides with his wife in Raleigh, N.C. Follow him on Twitter @slntplanet.

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Holiday cheer for New York worshippers

Religious Liberty | Supreme Court strikes down New York worship restrictions
by Steve West
Posted 11/27/20, 04:01 pm

Orthodox Jews and Catholics in the New York City area got a happy Thanksgiving surprise. Minutes before midnight on Wednesday, the Supreme Court struck down Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order virtually shutting down worship for the two religious communities.

In an unsigned 5-4 opinion, the justices barred the state’s Democratic governor from enforcing his 10- and 25-person occupancy limits on houses of worship in zones with high COVID-19 infections.

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Free to talk to teens

Free Speech | Appeals court upholds counselors’ freedom of speech
by Steve West
Posted 11/24/20, 04:45 pm

Two Florida counselors have successfully challenged local laws that blocked them from talking to teenagers about unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion.

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Getting the speech ball rolling

Free Speech | Mississippi college revises restrictive speech code
by Steve West
Posted 11/24/20, 03:54 pm

Student Michael Brown will get to play ball after all. His Mississippi college on Thursday settled a lawsuit and agreed to revise its restrictive speech code and pay $40,000 for his attorney fees and damages.

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