Stories tagged: First Amendment
Fri., Sept. 7, 2018
Donald Trump would quash such dissent as was heard at the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. But America is still free, and the people will be heard.
Thu., June 7, 2018, 6 a.m.
This era of political discontent has seemingly made us all experts on the First Amendment and freedom of speech. Or at least, there’s a lot of complaining about one news …
UPDATED: Fri., May 25, 2018, 10:07 a.m.
A federal court ruling in a case involving President Donald Trump and his Twitter account could affect state and local officials throughout the country, said legal experts who study cases …
UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 4:47 p.m.
A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump violates the First Amendment by blocking critics on Twitter for political speech.
Mon., May 14, 2018, 4:40 p.m.
A man said the city of Puyallup violated his constitutional rights when police barred him from collecting signatures for initiative petitions on a public sidewalk outside the Washington State Fairgrounds.
Sat., Dec. 30, 2017, 8:57 a.m.
Alarmed by the proliferation of false content online, state lawmakers around the country are pushing schools to put more emphasis on teaching students how to tell fact from fiction.
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 6:29 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Days before election, local GOP leader launches slimy whisper campaign against Spokane city councilman
It’s campaign season, and ethics vanish as Election Day approaches. Enter Stephanie Cates, chair of the Spokane County GOP. After weeks of local conservatives, including at least one prominent elected …
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 11:04 p.m.
Spokane City Councilman Breean Beggs was part of a legal defense team that earned a $1.3 million judgment against a Whatcom County prosecutor targeting a bookstore for its sale of …
UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017, 1:44 p.m.
College students across the country have staged protests and spoken out against controversial speakers on their campuses, but often those speakers have represented far-right political views. A different kind of …
Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Jerry Jones may want to bench Dallas Cowboys players who don’t stand for the national anthem, but NFL owners could find themselves facing a First Amendment lawsuit if they punish …
UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 5:10 p.m.
A Spokane youth who texted a picture of his genitals to a woman can be convicted under the state laws against child pornography even though he is the child involved, …
Sat., Aug. 19, 2017
The moment Americans empower the government to tell them what they can and cannot say, our nation and its cherished democratic principles will be doomed.
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 7:09 p.m.
In the wake of the deadly clash at a white-nationalist rally last weekend in Virginia, major companies such as Google, Facebook and PayPal are banishing a growing cadre of extremist …
UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 9:36 p.m.
A retired Air Force major is asking a federal court to declare Washington state’s cyberstalking law unconstitutional, saying he’s been threatened with prosecution – and up to a year in …
UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 10:02 p.m.
Churches should have the First Amendment right to endorse political candidates and still keep their tax-free status, say House Republicans, who quietly tucked a provision into a sweeping spending bill …
Sat., April 1, 2017, 5:47 p.m.
A federal judge has rejected President Donald Trump’s free speech defense against a lawsuit accusing him of inciting violence against protesters at a campaign rally.
UPDATED: Sat., April 1, 2017, 12:18 p.m.
A Spokane Valley firefighter trying to get his job back since he was fired in 2012 will argue his case against the Spokane Valley Fire Department before the Washington State …
Tue., March 14, 2017, 11:32 p.m.
Even before Rachel Maddow unveiled President Donald Trump’s 2005 federal tax return live on MSNBC Tuesday night – which did take way too long – the White House claimed the …
Tue., Feb. 28, 2017
Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Iran-contra, March 2, 1987
Sun., Dec. 4, 2016
How long before Donald Trump’s words convince some off-balanced Second Amendment ‘patriot’ to take out a ‘crooked’ media person, fully expecting to be applauded by the president-elect?
Wed., Nov. 30, 2016, 4:51 a.m.
Donald Trump tweet Tuesday: “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag — if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”
Tue., Nov. 29, 2016, 8:21 a.m.
President-elect Donald Trump started Tuesday by issuing a broadside on the First Amendment, suggesting on social media that burning the American flag should be a criminal offense.
Tue., Sept. 6, 2016, 1:11 p.m.
The classified advertising website Backpage.com urged the Supreme Court on Tuesday to block a congressional subpoena that seeks information on how the company screens ads for possible sex trafficking.
Sun., Aug. 21, 2016
Citizens say they love journalism and want the facts, as long as it’s the fact that the other guy (or gal) is a bum.
Sun., July 10, 2016
Here are the leading reasons letters to the editor are rejected.
Sat., April 23, 2016
By labeling certain expression and condemning it to specific areas, authorities may chill undesirable opinions while sidestepping constitutional protections.
Sun., April 3, 2016
Readers respond to this question: Do we need to make an exception for Muslim Americans when it comes to the principle of religious freedom?
Sat., March 19, 2016, 5 a.m.
Donald Trump can insult hecklers at his rallies, tell ‘em to “go home to mommy” and even suggest they should have been roughed up. But the increasingly heated, intense protests …
Fri., March 4, 2016, 10:06 a.m.
The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that a lower court was correct to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by the owner of a wedding venue that received a negative review …
Thu., Feb. 25, 2016, 8:20 a.m.
The American Civil Liberties Union plans to appeal a recent federal court ruling that citizens can sometimes be stopped from recording police officers on duty.