First Amendment

Parking meter in Keene, New Hampshire. (WBZ-TV file image)

Split Ruling On Keene, NH Parking Meter ‘Robin Hoods’

The conduct of “Robin Hoods” who feed about-to-expire meters while following parking enforcement officers is protected under the First Amendment, though the city of Keene has a right to pursue an injunction against them.


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Court To Weigh Law Barring False Statements In Campaigns

On Thursday, the state’s highest court will hear arguments about whether the 1946 law violates the First Amendment.



Keller @ Large: Time To Rein In Online Harassment

Keller hopes online harassers will go the way of smokers.


Gary Lapierre

The U.S. Supreme Court: Legally Right & Morally Wrong

Most of this is old news, but the thing that gave me a jump-start this morning was the newspaper headline (out of Kansas City I believe) which stated….”The Supreme Court made the right call on funeral protests.” No it did not!



NightSide Weekend Commentary – Dan Rea Believes The Supreme Court Was Wrong

The Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas has a victory from the Supreme Court, but was the Supreme Court right?

WBZ NewsRadio 1030–03/06/2011

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Keller @ Large: Stand By First Amendment

Let’s stand by the First Amendment, as a slain soldier’s father suggests, not shrink from it, even though the Supreme Court says it protects military funeral protests.


Shirley Phelps-Roper of the Westboro Baptist Church, a Kansas church known for its vehement anti-gay positions and for protesting at US soldiers' funeral, stage a protest across the street from Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, outside Washington. The church was demonstrating against what it claims is a 'pervert-run' school and said teachers across the country have 'broken the moral compass of this generation.' (credit: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Supreme Court Says First Amendment Protects Westboro Church’s Protests

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito says the commitment to free speech doesn’t mean the nation has to tolerate what he calls a “vicious verbal assault.”


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Judge Grants Injunction Versus New Mass. Obscenity Law

A federal judge ruled that a new Massachusetts law aimed at protecting children from online predators, violates the First Amendment.