First Amendment

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Over Use Of Teachers' Union DuesA federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit claiming that California's teachers are unfairly penalized or deprived of their free speech rights if they do not support the political activities of their labor unions.
Newport Beach Councilman Accused Of Making Anti-Gay Statements While Using City SealA Newport Beach city councilman accused of making anti-gay statements on city letterhead got an earful from the community during a meeting on Tuesday.
Inglewood Sues Activist Who Criticized Mayor On VideoA local man is taking on the city of Inglewood in a vocal way as the city remains involved in a bitter legal battle with a number of its own citizens. The mayor of Inglewood is one of the key figures in the dispute, as the citizens and their attorneys say that this is an issue of free speech.
Chino Valley Unified School District Target Of Suit Over Prayer At Board MeetingsA local school district is the target of a lawsuit by the group Freedom from Religion, which claims that prayer during board meetings violates the First Amendment.
Civil-Liberties Group: Police Use Counterterrorism Device For Other Criminal ProbesA senior staff attorney for the ACLU says the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has a mixed record when it comes to transparency about the kinds of surveillance used.
San Bernardino Co. Officials Under Fire For Removing Paintings Showcasing Nudity From Government CenterSan Bernardino County officials have been accused of violating artists’ First Amendment rights after three paintings were removed from the Government Center.
Porn Producer Sues To Block Los Angeles Condom Law A major adult filmmaker sued to block a new Los Angeles County law requiring porn actors to wear condoms, calling it a threat to free expression.
'Occupy LA' Protesters Can Take 'Free Speech' Class To Avoid ChargesA class on the First Amendment is being offered to “Occupy LA” protesters who were arrested on minor offenses.
Judge Backs War Vet's Upside-Down Flag Protest Outside VA PropertyThe ruling vindicates a 68-year-old Vietnam vet who has protested the VA's land-use policies every Sunday since 2008, along with other veterans.
Church In Hemet Sues CHP Over DMV Bible ReadingA Riverside County church is suing the California Highway Patrol, saying its members were wrongly arrested for reading Bible verses to people waiting in line outside a local Department of Motor Vehicles office.
Should Los Angeles Libraries Ban Pornography On Public Computers?A City Council committee is scheduled Tuesday to consider whether people should be able to look at porn on library public computers.
Judge Strikes Down Rules For Venice Beach VendorsA federal judge has struck down city regulations governing who gets to sing and sell along crowded Venice Beach in Los Angeles.
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