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.

FIRE/Chris Maltby

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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Liberty Counsel

Courthouse creche allowed

First Amendment | Court gives go-ahead to Indiana county’s Nativity scene
by Steve West
Posted 11/23/20, 01:44 pm

Jackson County, Ind., can enjoy its holiday cheer, at least for now. A federal appeals court on Thursday hit pause on a lower court order that found a Nativity scene in front of the county courthouse unconstitutionally promoted Christianity.

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Facebook/Godspeak Calvary Chapel Thousand Oaks

California church wins building battle

Religious Liberty | Judge dismisses lawsuit over the zoning of an old YMCA
by Steve West
Posted 11/17/20, 12:09 pm

Residents of the Dos Vientos neighborhood in Thousand Oaks, Calif., said yes to the YMCA but no to a church that wanted to rent its building when the health and fitness center shut down. When the city of Thousand Oaks approved the sale and subsequent lease of the old YMCA to Godspeak Calvary Chapel, neighbors formed the Dos Vientos Community Preservation Association to oppose it. After a more than two-year battle, a Ventura County judge dismissed the association’s lawsuit last week.

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