Sotomayor carefully defended speech in Pappas v. Giuliani

By |2020-01-03T13:28:23-05:00June 5th, 2009|Blog|

Our analysis of Sotomayor’s free speech record wouldn’t be complete without a mention of her dissent in Pappas v. Giuliani.  The case reached the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in 2002 and concerned the firing of Thomas Pappas from the NYPD.  The department had found that he had anonymously circulated racist and anti-semitic literature through the mail from his home.  [...]

Brighton Michigan’s decision to punish “annoying” behavior

By |2020-01-05T23:16:17-05:00December 29th, 2008|Blog|

The new ordinance lets police ticket and fine ($100!) those who "repeatedly commit acts that alarm or seriously annoy another person and that serve no legitimate purpose." Seriously. Snark award goes to hotair.com: Michigan finds itself in such financial distress that its Congressional contingent has successfully harangued the White House into multi-billion-dollar loans to private enterprise.  I find that extremely [...]

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