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Posted 12 months ago in Crime Your Personal Rights by Josh Crank  
Street Medians Become Free Speech Battleground

The ACLU of Maine is suing the state’s largest city for making it a crime to stand in street medians, arguing that the ban infringes on the right to free speech. In July, the city council in Portland, Maine voted unanimously to prohibit people from hanging out in medians after Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck testified that panhandlers were creating a safety hazard. Sauschuck told the Maine Sun Journal that “there’s been an absolute explosion” of pedestrians standing in medians …

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Posted 12 months ago in Government Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
Protesting NMSU Student Vows Free Speech Fight

A New Mexico State University student faces charges of trespass and disorderly conduct after he was arrested for protesting at the National Security Agency booth at the school’s job fair on Sept. 17.   Silent Protest of Secrets Alan Dicker, a self-described radical leftist college student at NMSU stood beside the NSA’s table at the job fair, holding a handmade sign that read, “Work for Big Brother. Apply today.” Campus police told him to leave, but he refused. They gave …

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Posted 12 months ago in Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
‘Gangland’ Faces Suit by Informant

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Sept. 16 gave the green light to a suit by an informant whose identity was revealed on the History Channel show “Gangland” after its producers had promised to keep his identity secret, according to the opinion. The informant is suing both Gangland Productions and A&E Television Networks, the parent company of the History Channel.   Dangerous Interview The informant, identified only as John Doe in the lawsuit, agreed to be interviewed on …

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Reality Star Alleges A&E Rigged Show

A former star of the “Storage Wars” reality show can continue with his wrongful termination claim against A&E, even after the network succeeded in its free-speech challenge to the rest of his lawsuit.   The Mogel Calls Foul Dave Hester reportedly sued A&E in December 2012, alleging that he was fired after he complained that the California-based show “Storage Wars,” in which professional buyers bid on storage lockers, was rigged. Known on the show as “The Mogel,” Hester operates his …

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Texas May Compel Google to Give Up Blogger

The Texas Supreme Court said Aug. 23 that it will hear oral argument over whether Google must give up the identity of a blogger who anonymously criticized a company that may be his employer. The company wants to sue the blogger for defamation.   Years of Anonymous Blogging After The Reynolds and Reynolds Co., which creates computer systems for car retailers, was acquired by another company in 2006, it lost customers, laid off employees and suffered low employee morale. An …

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