First Amendment

Nude activist Gypsy Taub is arrested by San Francisco police officers as he protests San Francisco's new ban on nudity at San Francisco City Hall on February 1, 2013 in San Francisco, California. At least four nude activists were arrested as they protested San Francisco's new ban on nudity in public places. The measure proposed by Supervisor Scott Wiener is being challenged by activists who call the ordinance unfair because it grants exceptions for nudity at permitted public events. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Nudist Claims Catholic Saint Francis Embraced Body Freedom, Plans Naked March To Religious Shrine

Catholic 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.

06/19/2014

Dennis Hof, owner of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch brothel in Nevada. (CBS)

Nevada Brothel Owner Looks At Lawsuit After Oakland Billboard Taken Down

The 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.

06/11/2014

Dashboard Camera. (CBS)

SF Public Defender Presses To See CHP Dash Cam Video Of DUI Arrest

A 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.

06/06/2014

Former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich (Mozilla Foundation)

Mozilla CEO Resignation Over Gay Marriage Stance Raises Free-Speech Issues

The 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.

04/04/2014

A view of Facebook's 'Like' button. (Brenden Smialowski/AFP/GettyImages)

Fed Court Says Clicking ‘Like’ On Facebook Is Free Speech

Clicking “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.

09/18/2013

Electronic Arts (credit: Michal Czerwonka/Getty Images)

Lawsuit vs. Gamer EA Sports, NCAA Clears Major Hurdle In SF Appeals Court

A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Wednesday that video game maker Electronic Arts Inc. is not protected by the right of free speech…

07/31/2013

School Bus

Stockton Principal Seizes School Newspaper Over Campus Safety Article

The 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.

02/07/2013

cellphone money, mobile phone payment

SF Cellphone Health-Risk Disclosure Law Challenged By Wireless Industry

The legality of San Francisco’s ordinance requiring cell phone retailers disclose possible health risks to consumers was heard by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday.

08/09/2012

(CBS)

SF Appeals Panel Takes Up Long-Running Battle Over Gun Shows

A 13-year-old legal battle over gun shows at the Alameda County fairgrounds in Pleasanton is going before an 11-judge panel of a federal appeals court in San Francisco Monday.

03/19/2012

Demonstrator Tom Comitta pretends to talk on a telephone during a protest inside the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Civic Center station on August 15, 2011 in San Francisco (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

BART Adopts New Cell Phone Policy In Wake Of Shutdown Flap

Bay Area Rapid Transit’s Board of Directors adopted a new policy Thursday for when cellphone service may be interrupted—an issue that took center stage over the summer when the transit agency cut cell service at several San Francisco stations to stop a planned protest.

12/01/2011

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