Iowa Fights to Revive ‘Ag-Lag’ Law at Eighth Circuit Hearing

Counsel for Iowa’s governor argued Tuesday that the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals should reverse a federal court ruling that struck down Iowa’s so-called “ag-gag” law that makes it a crime for undercover journalists or animal-rights activists to investigate and report on animal abuse in livestock facilities.

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Texas State Bar Defies Attorney General on Anti-Bias Rule

The State Bar of Texas refused Thursday to kill consideration of an anti-bias rule by the American Bar Association, ignoring repeated warnings by Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton that the rule is vague and infringes attorneys’ free speech and religious rights.

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Texas Attorney General Urges State Bar to Reject Anti-Bias Rule

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton warned the State Bar on Wednesday against further consideration of an American Bar Association anti-bias rule that deems discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation as professional misconduct, claiming the rule violates attorneys’ free speech and religious rights.

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Trump Asks Supreme Court to Let Him Block Twitter Critics

Appealing a Second Circuit decision barring President Donald Trump from blocking his critics on Twitter, the Justice Department on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to reverse the finding that government officials must make themselves open to contentious debate on social media.

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The Sixth Circuit revived a former Emergency Medical Services captain’s retaliation suit in which he claimed he was dismissed after making incendiary comments on his private Facebook page about the police killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. A district court will have to address whether the captain’s free speech interests outweigh the interest of Cleveland EMS.

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