Stories tagged: First Amendment
TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017, 11:32 P.M.
White House says Trump’s tax return was ‘illegally published,’ but Maddow is probably in the clear
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 …
TUESDAY, FEB. 28, 2017
Past opinions offer perspective
Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Iran-contra, March 2, 1987
SUNDAY, DEC. 4, 2016
Kathleen Parker: Freedom won’t ring without press
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?
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2016, 4:51 A.M.
Analysis: You can’t strip flag-burners of citizenship, even if flag-burning could be made a crime
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!”
TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2016, 8:21 A.M.
Trump wants stiff penalties for burning American flag
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.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 6, 2016, 1:11 P.M.
Website asks Supreme Court to block subpoena over sex ads
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.
SUNDAY, AUG. 21, 2016
Will Bunch: Dangerous disregard for press and First Amendment
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.
SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2016
Gary Crooks: Follow the rules on letters
Here are the leading reasons letters to the editor are rejected.
SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2016
Movies provide backdrop to free-speech battles
By labeling certain expression and condemning it to specific areas, authorities may chill undesirable opinions while sidestepping constitutional protections.
SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2016
Views mixed on religion, rights
Readers respond to this question: Do we need to make an exception for Muslim Americans when it comes to the principle of religious freedom?
SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016, 5 A.M.
Analysis: How far could Donald Trump legally go to take on his protesters?
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 …
FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016, 10:06 A.M.
Online reviews of businesses are protected speech, Oregon Supreme Court affirms
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 …
THURSDAY, FEB. 25, 2016, 8:20 A.M.
Citizens can sometimes be stopped from recording police, judge rules
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.
FRIDAY, FEB. 12, 2016, 8:47 A.M.
Sheriff supports Idaho couple’s actions in Oregon standoff
Sean and Susan Anderson of Riggins, Idaho, made some poor choices when they joined the occupiers at a wildlife refuge in Oregon, but they did nothing wrong. That’s the opinion …
TUESDAY, JAN. 26, 2016, 1:02 P.M.
Yellowstone sued over bison slaughter restrictions
A wildlife advocate and a freelance journalist sued the National Park Service on Tuesday to gain access to a program that ships Yellowstone National Park bison to slaughter.
FRIDAY, DEC. 11, 2015, 2:48 P.M.
Idaho appeals ‘ag-gag’ ruling to 9th Circuit
Idaho has appealed the federal court ruling overturning its ‘ag gag’ law to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2015
Banning terms including ‘male, female, illegal alien’ draws ire at WSU
PULLMAN – Three Washington State University instructors are being accused of violating students’ First Amendment rights by banning terms such as “illegal alien,” “male” and “female” in the classroom. Students …
MONDAY, AUG. 3, 2015, 5:10 P.M.
Judge: Idaho anti-dairy spying law unconstitutional
A federal judge has ruled that Idaho’s law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities is unconstitutional.
THURSDAY, JUNE 25, 2015, 12:12 P.M.
First Amendment protects profanity against police
The Washington Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a citizen has the First Amendment right to call police abusive names and yell profanity while they’re investigating a crime.
SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2015
Kathleen Parker: It’s free speech, but taunts not high-minded
The recent spectacle of Pamela Geller, the erstwhile journalist who organized a provocative Prophet Muhammad cartoon-drawing contest in Texas, gives pause to even the most passionate defenders of the First …
SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015
Idaho ag-gag law challenged in federal court
BOISE – When Idaho lawmakers passed the state’s “ag gag” law in 2014, criminalizing surreptitious videotaping of agricultural operations, they said they were targeting “agri-terrorism” and “extremists” who target “our …
SATURDAY, SEPT. 27, 2014
Idaho public TV crews chafe at filming permits
BOISE – Though the chief of the U.S. Forest Service now says controversial permit requirements for filming and photography on forest lands never were intended to apply to journalists, crews …
FRIDAY, SEPT. 26, 2014, 3:36 P.M.
Forest officials wanted permits for filming in Idaho forests twice in past two months
Though the chief of the U.S. Forest Service now says controversial permit requirements for filming and photography on forest lands never were intended to apply to journalists, crews for Idaho …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 14, 2014
Spin Control: What’s right when it comes to rights?
OLYMPIA – Standing in line at Safeway one evening last week, I was reminded that almost everyone considers themselves an expert in constitutional law. An irate shopper was unhappy that …
SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2014
Froma Harrop: Author’s intent key in free speech case
An aspiring rapper posts his lyrics on Facebook, suggesting a Halloween costume with his estranged wife’s “head on a stick.” He goes on: “I’m not going to rest until your …
SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2012
Faith emails cause conflict
A firefighter is contesting discipline handed down by the Spokane Valley Fire Department for sending emails with religious content to other firefighters using the department’s email system. Capt. Jon Sprague …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2012, 2:30 P.M.
Judge: Man who stripped at airport not guilty
PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon man kept his clothes on when he went through court security on his way to his trial, unlike the episode that got him there: stripping …
TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012
Idaho, media settle execution lawsuit
BOISE – Idaho has agreed to pay more than $29,000 to cover attorney fees and costs incurred by a group of media outlets that challenged the state’s policy of prohibiting …
FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2012
Idaho execution rule puzzles court
PASADENA, Calif. – A federal appeals court raised sharp questions Thursday about why Idaho’s not complying with its 2002 decision that the First Amendment requires witnesses to be able to …
THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2012, 3:55 P.M.
9th Circuit knocks execution access rules used in Idaho, Wash.
A federal appeals court raised sharp questions Thursday about why Idaho’s not complying with its 2002 decision that the First Amendment requires witnesses to be able to view lethal injection …