First Amendment

Suit takes aim at Indiana religious-affiliated charter schools

April 25, 2017
Dave Stafford
A Monroe County nonprofit organization has sued the state and a charter school, seeking to block its funding because the group argues that taking tax dollars from public schools for the benefit of private religious institutions violates the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
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Playground case touches on separation of church and state

April 19, 2017
 Associated Press
The Supreme Court of the United States signaled Wednesday that it will decide an important case on the separation of church and state in favor of a Missouri church that wants state money to put a soft surface on its preschool playground.
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SCOTUS to hear church-state case

April 17, 2017
 Associated Press
Justice Neil Gorsuch's first week on the U.S. Supreme Court bench features an important case about the separation of church and state that has its roots on a Midwestern church playground. The outcome could make it easier to use state money to pay for private, religious schooling in many states.
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Political group takes ‘robocall’ law challenge to SCOTUS

April 4, 2017
Dave Stafford
A political advocacy group that wants to strike down Indiana’s ban on robocalls has asked the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn the state law it calls the most restrictive in the nation.
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Bill on student religious freedom clears Indiana Senate

March 31, 2017
 Associated Press
The Indiana Senate has approved a bill on religious freedom in public and charter schools that originally included a contentious school prayer provision.
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Lawsuit seeks data over searches of electronics at US border

March 28, 2017
 Associated Press
A group of First Amendment attorneys sued the Trump administration on Monday over access to data showing how often U.S. citizens and visitors had their electronic devices searched and the contents catalogued at American border crossings.
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Protest bills with anti-traffic obstruction focus sweep US

March 22, 2017
Olivia Covington
In response to the increasing number of demonstrations, legislators across the country have introduced bills limiting where protesters can demonstrate or increasing fines for participation in peaceful protests that turn violent.
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Alito: US' dedication to religious liberty being tested

March 16, 2017
 Associated Press
The U.S. is entering a period when its commitment to religious liberty is being tested, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito told an audience Wednesday at an event in Madison, New Jersey, sponsored by a Catholic lawyers' organization.
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Revised Trump travel ban blocked by 2 courts

March 16, 2017
 Associated Press
President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban has suffered another federal court setback after a judge in Maryland rejected a revised measure that bans travel targeting six predominantly Muslim countries.
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District court again rules against Concord Schools on ‘Christmas Spectacular’

March 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
A district court judge has once again entered judgment against a northern Indiana school district after finding it has not made “absolutely clear” that it will permanently nix overtly religious content from its annual Christmas program.
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Mass protest study committee bill clears Indiana Senate

March 1, 2017
 Associated Press
A bill originally allowing authorities to use "any means necessary" to keep roadways clear during a protest but then reduced to a legislative study committee issue has cleared the Indiana Senate.
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Indiana House OKs bill on prayer in schools

February 28, 2017
 Associated Press
A legislative proposal whose author says it would put prayer back in schools has cleared the Indiana House.
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House education panel backs school prayer bill

February 21, 2017
 Associated Press
Students’ right to pray aloud in Indiana schools would be reaffirmed under a measure a House education committee has approved.
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Supreme Court nominee has defended free speech, religion

February 13, 2017
 Associated Press
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has been a defender of free speech and a skeptic of libel claims, an Associated Press review of his rulings shows. His record puts him at odds with President Donald Trump’s disdain for journalists and tendency to lash out at critics.
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Microsoft can pursue suit over US sneak-and-peek searches

February 9, 2017
 Bloomberg News
Microsoft Corp. persuaded a judge not to let the U.S. government out of a lawsuit alleging that clandestine interception of users’ emails on company servers violates its free-speech rights.
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Barker rules ballot photo ban unconstitutional

January 24, 2017
Olivia Covington
An Indiana law prohibiting voters from taking photos of their ballots for personal use is an unconstitutional violation of First Amendment rights, a district court judge has decided.
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Hustler Hollywood sues Indianapolis over zoning roadblocks

January 6, 2017
Susan Orr, IBJ Staff
Hustler Hollywood, which wants to open a retail store in Castleton, is suing the city of Indianapolis over a zoning denial that the company says is infringing on its constitutional right to operate a business.
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7th Circuit affirms Indiana’s ban on robocalls

January 4, 2017
Dave Stafford
A political organization that argued Indiana’s ban on telephone robocalls disfavored political speech and was content discrimination got a terse reply from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday.
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Pot-legalization group wins injunction against Tippecanoe County rally ban

December 20, 2016
Dave Stafford
A group advocating the legalization of marijuana that was denied permission to hold a rally at the courthouse in Lafayette won an injunction against the county in federal court.
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Knightstown removes cross from town display after ACLU lawsuit

December 13, 2016
 Associated Press
A central Indiana town has removed a cross from its Christmas decorations after the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana said it violated the First Amendment.
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ACLU suing Knightstown over illuminated cross display

December 12, 2016
 Associated Press
The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a central Indiana town over the display of a cross as part of its Christmas decorations.
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Trump suggests 'consequences' for any flag-burners

November 29, 2016
 Associated Press
President-elect Donald Trump said Tuesday that anyone who burns an American flag should face unspecified "consequences," such as jail or a loss of citizenship — a move that was ruled out by the U.S. Supreme Court nearly three decades ago.
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ACLU sues Franklin Township schools over Christian prayer

November 23, 2016
Dave Stafford
A man represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana has filed a lawsuit challenging the Franklin Township School Board’s alleged policy of opening meetings with exclusively Christian prayers.
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Greenfield police officer loses suit over discipline for profane texts

November 2, 2016
Dave Stafford
A Greenfield police officer has lost his federal lawsuit filed against the city after he was suspended for allegedly sending profane text messages that insulted and threatened his superior officers.
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ACLU challenges Bedford sign ordinance limiting political expression

October 31, 2016
IL Staff
A Bedford man who was told he faced fines of $300 a day because of political signs he posted on his property has filed a federal lawsuit against the city with the backing of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana.
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