First Amendment
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Constitutional sexting defense saves teacher from prosecution

Free Speech
by Sarah Padbury
Posted 2/27/14, 03:00 pm

Prosecutors in Texas dismissed charges last week against a teacher caught exchanging explicit text messages with a middle school student, claiming the texts were constitutionally protected.

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NYC pregnancy centers win free speech appeal

Free Speech
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/17/14, 05:05 pm

NEW YORK—The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals earlier today tossed out key parts of New York City’s law requiring pregnancy centers to post signs saying they do not offer abortion referrals. That provision is a violation of the centers’ free speech, the court ruled.

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Baker must cater to same-sex weddings, or else

First Amendment
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 12/14/13, 09:00 am

A baker in suburban Denver must make cakes for same-sex weddings or face fines, according to a judge’s ruling last week. 

Judge Robert N. Spencer denied the bakery owner’s claim that he was exercising his freedoms of religion and speech when he told a gay couple he would not make their wedding cake. Spencer instead ordered him to “cease and desist from discriminating” or face fines ranging from $50 to $500 per person per incident, according to the bakery owner’s attorney.

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