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First Amendment

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Lawsuit Filed Against SEPTA After Transportation Authority Nixes Incendiary Ads

The ads are incendiary. They include images of Adolf Hitler, as well as American journalist James Foley kneeling next to his masked executioner moments before he was beheaded.

09/24/2014

(Judge Marjorie Rendell, at the National Constitution Center, during a break in a schoolteachers' forum on the First Amendment.  Photo by Pat Loeb)

Area Schoolteachers Get Tips From Federal Judge on How To Teach First Amendment

“The issues today, of cyberbullying and hate speech and harassment, they present real challenges,” said Judge Marjorie Rendell, who knows about challenging First Amendment issues.

07/10/2014

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Lawyer For Hobby Lobby: ‘Women Of Faith…Are Rejoicing’ Over SCOTUS Contraception Ruling

On Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, Chris Stigall spoke with Adele Keim from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty who represented Hobby Lobby in their case against the federal government’s mandate that they provide certain types of birth control they object to for their employees.

07/01/2014

(Pa. Rep. Rick Saccone, obscured, listens as fellow representative Ronald Waters of Philadelphia speaks in support of a measure requiring "In God We Trust" in every public school in Pennsylvania.  Credit: Tony Romeo)

Some Pa. Lawmakers Seeking ‘In God We Trust’ In Every Public School

The bill is sponsored by Pa. Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny County), and co-sponsored by Rep. Ronald Waters (D-Phila., foreground).

11/13/2013

Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Court: 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.

09/19/2013

Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Facebook: Like Feature Vital To Free Speech

A lawyer for the popular social network told a federal appeals court that the like feature is vital to free speech.

05/17/2013

Legal Definition Of Religion

While the First Amendment specifically says that the government may not establish religion, there is no definition of what is and what is not a religion. Instead, it’s been up to the courts to interpret it.

04/15/2013

Stigall Show Log 2.25.13

Chris reviews all the details from last night’s Academy Awards with Philly Bill and Thea Andrews. He also talks to Michael Bronstein and Colin Hanna on the Monday Morning Matchup about Michelle Obama revealing the winner for Best Picture and sequestration cuts set to go into effect on Friday.

Talk Radio 1210 WPHT–02/25/2013

Free Speech Rights Of Students

What are the free speech rights of students to post mean things on a website that they write off campus and not during school hours?

12/20/2012

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Ruling Expected Today In Pa. Newspaper’s Poll-Observing Case

A federal judge is expected to rule, today, on whether reporters can cover elections from inside Pennsylvania polling places.

10/05/2012

(File photo: a group of people being given free meals at a parkland location in Philadelphia.  Credit: John McDevitt)

Federal Lawsuit Filed Over Philadelphia’s Homeless Outdoor Feeding Ban

According to the complaint, the religious groups want an injunction against the ban, arguing that the law violates their Constitutional rights.

06/05/2012

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Philadelphia Court Upholds Gag Order In Tacony ‘Basement of Horror’ Case

Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper has upheld a Municipal Court judge’s ruling that bars attorneys, defendants, witnesses, victims, and some minors from commenting on the case against Linda Weston and three other defendants.

11/18/2011

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‘Occupy Philadelphia’ Stakes Out Independence Mall

Some members of the “Occupy Philadelphia” protest group have pitched a tent on federal ground, along Independence Mall, in clear view of tourists visiting the historic district.

11/15/2011

(George Yacoubian represents defendant Linda Weston, the alleged ringleader of the scheme to hold people captive and steal their government checks.   Credit:  Steve Tawa)

Wide Gag Order Issued in ‘Basement of Horror’ Case

Prosecutors filed the motion citing “overzealous” media coverage, including “manipulating” victims into doing interviews, and trespassing.

11/02/2011

(The NAACP billboard that is the subject of a lawsuit against the City of Philadelphia.  Image provided)

NAACP, ACLU Sue Philadelphia Over Rejected Airport Billboard

An attorney for the ACLU of Philadelphia says the city violated the First Amendment when it turned down the ad, citing its subject matter.

10/19/2011

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