The history and weight of US press freedom played a powerful, but unacknowledged, role in the conviction of Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd.
While democracy requires accountability from presidents, presidents may lose stature, not gain it, by holding a press conference.
It's gospel for First Amendment advocates that lawsuits against news organizations chill freedom of the press. But in an era of rampant misinformation, such legal actions may be more accepted.
At the end of the 1925 movie 'Red Kimono,' the protagonist, Gabrielle Darley, throws away her garment and moves on to a better life. Real life is more complicated.
Can schools discipline students for remarks made online? The answer is not entirely clear.
The First Amendment to the US Constitution protects Americans' freedom of speech, so much so that even the most hateful speech has the right to be quoted.
It's up to the courts to draw a line between free speech and illegal market manipulation. And the Supreme Court has never ruled on this specific question.
It's concerning that tech executives can exercise so much power over who can use their platforms. But the alternative – government intervention – could be much worse.
The first amendment could not have anticipated the rise of digital media which has profoundly changed the nature of public speech.
Charges of media bias are nothing new, though they've gotten louder since 2016, led by President Trump. But a press free to take a variety of viewpoints was the founders' intention.
A 6-3 conservative court will hear a broader range of controversial cases, shift interpretations of individual rights and put more pressure on local democracy to make policy decisions.
Banning the Chinese-owned social media platforms raises free speech concerns and could worsen the US-China trade war.
A Florida minister and a conservative lawmaker filed suit against a county law mandating mask wearing, saying it violates the freedom of religion. A constitutional law professor says they're wrong.
The lawsuits filed in Portland sparked by the presence of federal law enforcement agents sent there by President Trump are a preview of the legal battles to come in cities across the US.
A constitutional law scholar says that the arguments made by anti-mask protesters that the Constitution protects their freedom to go maskless are just wrong.
In a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court said that teachers at a Catholic school performed religious duties and were not protected by workplace discrimination laws.
The former national security adviser seems likely to be sued and could face criminal liability.
For almost a century, American popular culture has perpetuated the idea that only journalists working in foreign countries could be in danger.
The US president is punishing Twitter for using a factcheck to point out that one of his tweets is incorrect.
When a person or agency backed by the power and resources of the government tells a lie, it sometimes causes harm that only the government can inflict.