First Amendment

National Beverage Group Sues City Of San Francisco; Claims Soda Warnings, Ad Ban Violate First AmendmentThe American Beverage Association has sued the city of San Francisco, claiming new legislation requiring health warning labels on sugary beverages and prohibiting advertisements of them on city property violates the First Amendment.
Petaluma Homeowner Removes Confederate Flag From Yard After Making His PointAmid a growing outcry to remove the Confederate flag from state capitols and online merchandise, a Petaluma homeowner says it's time to lower his rebel banner.
Smartphone App Allows Californians To Send Encounters With Police To ACLUThe Mobile Justice app allows users to record encounters with police that will be automatically submitted to their local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Protester Tears Down Swastika Displayed On Sacramento HouseThe house in Sacramento’s River Park neighborhood has drawn national headlines with its display of an Israeli flag with a swastika on it, among other symbols.
San Francisco Prepares For New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Police Ready For DemonstratorsWhile fireworks are being set up for the annual New Year’s Eve festivities along San Francisco’s Embarcadero waterfront, many are vowing to rally tonight out of continued protest against police brutality.
Nudist Claims Catholic Saint Francis Embraced Body Freedom, Plans Naked March To Religious ShrineCatholic clergy don their heavy black vestments every day, even covering their head with hoods and habits, but nude activist Gypsy Taub claims a pillar of the Catholic faith embraced nakedness, and is planning a naked march to the National Shrine of Saint Francis to make her point.
Nevada Brothel Owner Looks At Lawsuit After Oakland Billboard Taken DownThe owner of a Nevada brothel may file a lawsuit against the City of Oakland after his billboard promoting one of his establishments was taken down after complaints from city leaders and neighbors.
SF Public Defender Presses To See CHP Dash Cam Video Of DUI ArrestA rather typical drunk driving arrest has become has turned into a First Amendment stand-off over whether video recorded by police dashboard cameras should be routinely available to the public.
Mozilla CEO Resignation Over Gay Marriage Stance Raises Free-Speech IssuesThe resignation of Mozilla's CEO amid outrage that he supported an anti-gay marriage campaign is prompting concerns about how Silicon Valley's strongly liberal culture might quash the very openness that is at the region's foundation.
Fed Court Says Clicking 'Like' On Facebook Is Free SpeechClicking "Like" on Facebook is constitutionally protected free speech and can be considered the 21st century-equivalent of a campaign yard sign, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
Lawsuit vs. Gamer EA Sports, NCAA Clears Major Hurdle In SF Appeals CourtA federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Wednesday that video game maker Electronic Arts Inc. is not protected by the right of free speech...
Stockton Principal Seizes School Newspaper Over Campus Safety ArticleThe principal of a Stockton high school stopped distribution of the school newspaper over concerns about a campus safety article which alleged revealed poor communication in lockdown drills and weapon on campus reports.