Campus Speech

The Fifth Circuit revived a student free speech group’s First and Fourteenth Amendment challenges to the University of Texas’ campus speech regulations, which, among other types of speech, prohibit statements that constitute verbal harassment. The “chilling effect” of the regulations is a sufficient injury for the student group to have standing.

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Hair Harassment

The Fifth Circuit revived a Black high school student’s harassment claims against a school board relating to the way his school treated him because of his “two toned” blonde hairstyle. The student claims he was punished for dyeing his hair when female students and students of other races were not, and he claims a dean ridiculed him for his hairstyle, calling him a “thug” and a ”fool.”

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NRA Lobbyist Fights to Revive Harassment Case Over Emailed Gun-Wound Photos

An attorney for ex-NRA president and Florida gun rights lobbyist Marion Hammer asked an 11th Circuit panel Wednesday to reinstate her harassment lawsuit against a California attorney who emailed her images of gunshot wound victims, including President John F. Kennedy, in protest of her lobbying activities.

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Photography and Harassment

A resident of Bloomington, Minnesota, who describes herself as a “point person for delivering neighborhood concerns” to officials lost her suit challenging the city’s child photography ordinance and the state’s harassment statute in federal court. The woman was interviewed by police after she was reported for photographing children — who attend a charter school within an Islamic center — during their recess in a public park.

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Surf Gang

The Ninth Circuit upheld a judgment in favor of the City of Palos Verdes Estates and its former police chief in a suit brought by individuals who claim they were harassed by a territorial surf gang known as the Lunada Bay Boys and the city did not do enough to protect them. The court finds the city took “significant efforts to curb” the surf gang’s actions.

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Kentucky Students in Viral Encounter Sue Over Tweets From Writers

Several Kentucky Catholic school students involved in last year’s videotaped confrontation with a Native American elder at the Lincoln Memorial filed a defamation lawsuit Tuesday against New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman and others, claiming their tweets about the incident sparked harassment and threats.

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