Category: First Amendment

Public Disorderly Conduct and the First Amendment

The recent NFL protests have sparked conversations (and bitter arguments) nationwide about when and where it is appropriate for people to exercise their First Amendment rights. Without reference to the subject matter of the protest – the social inequality in our country that includes abuse of minorities at the hands of law enforcement – most [..]

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Do I Have the Right to Record Police in South Carolina?

You absolutely have a right to record public officials from a public location so long as you are not interfering with the officers. You not only have the right to record police, but I encourage you to do so (with some caveats listed in the next section below). In the last few years, a battle [..]

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The Limits of Religious Freedom

A heroin dealer’s claim that his charges for distributing heroin to consenting adults violated his religious freedom was denied by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals week before last. The defendant was sentenced to 27 years in federal court in St. Louis, Missouri. Before his trial in St. Louis in 2015, Anderson demanded that the [..]

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Mugshot Extortion Ends in South Carolina

Earlier this year, South Carolina passed what has been called the “mugshot extortion bill” into law, which makes it a crime for individuals or companies to publish information about a person’s arrest and then charge fees to remove the information.  The law is found in S.C. Code Section 17-1-60.  For some time, websites such as [..]

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