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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Speech regulations follow students home

Free Speech | Supreme Court considers reach of school authority
by Steve West
Posted 2/01/21, 04:32 pm

Not long ago, a parent-teacher conference might have been enough to deal with a frustrated student’s offensive comment. Now, due to the amplifying megaphone of social media, it’s the subject of a Supreme Court appeal.

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Arkansas moves to protect worship during emergencies

Religious Liberty | Legislators take long-term lessons from pandemic lockdowns
by Steve West
Posted 2/01/21, 04:23 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic showed that governors have enormous power to rule by edict during wartime-like circumstances. After seeing restrictive lockdown orders in other states shutter churches, a group of Arkansas legislators enacted new legislation to prevent executive overreach.

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New blows to pandemic worship

Religious Liberty | Courts rebuff challenges to Nevada and California COVID-19 restrictions
by Steve West
Posted 1/26/21, 01:10 pm

A federal appeals court on Friday refused to set aside California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s near total ban on indoor worship. And on Monday, the Supreme Court declined to review a further challenge to Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s restrictions on indoor worship.

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