First Amendment

The Confederate Flag flies on the South Carolina State House grounds in Columbia, South Carolina, June 24, 2015.  (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Petaluma Homeowner Removes Confederate Flag From Yard After Making His Point

Amid 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.

06/25/2015

An app from the ACLU of California allows users to send videos of encounters with police to their local chapter. (CBS)

Smartphone App Allows Californians To Send Encounters With Police To ACLU

The 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.

04/30/2015

A man who calls himself an American and told CBS13 “God bless America” tore down the swastika displayed on a Sacramento house.

Protester Tears Down Swastika Displayed On Sacramento House

The 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.

03/11/2015

Protesters upset over the grand jury's decision in the Michael Brown shooting case gathered in San Francisco's Union Square ahead of the Macy's tree lighting celebration. (Joe Vazquez)

San Francisco Prepares For New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Police Ready For Demonstrators

While 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.

12/31/2014

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

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