Civil Rights

A federal judge refused a school board member/legislative candidate’s request to dismiss a complaint from a school bus driver who was fired after she called the woman’s children bullies in an online post, as bullying is a subject of public interest, and the way a candidate handles it n her own family may have some bearing on the candidate’s character.

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California AG Sued to Reveal Names of Police Officers in Legal Settlements

First Amendment advocates have escalated efforts to force California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra to comply with public records law, filing a petition in state court Thursday demanding his office reveal the identities of law enforcement officers involved in legal settlements. 

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Political Ads

A Maryland state law requiring online platforms, including newspaper websites, to publish certain information about the political advertisements they carry violates the First Amendment, the Fourth Circuit ruled. The law requires platforms to identify the purchaser of the ad and the total amount paid for the ad.

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Tennessee Supreme Court Sets Limit on Fair-Report Privilege

What began with a youth football league’s fundraiser gone bad led to the Tennessee Supreme Court deciding on Thursday the fair report privilege – the privilege protecting journalists reporting on what is said during official government proceedings from defamation claims – doesn’t extend to journalists reporting on what officials tell them in one-on-one interviews.

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