Free Speech

Gagging Student Reporters: A New Low in Florida

One of my first lessons in the power of large institutions to pressure individuals was as a student journalist at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1991, I was the “crime beat reporter” for The Daily Pennsylvanian, the independent student newspaper which was funded entirely through advertisements and received no University funding. We were entirely student…

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Practicing Dietetics Without a License

Is posting advice on a blog about diets a criminal offense? In North Carolina it may be. Consider the case of Steve Cooksey who practices and preaches the cave man diet – a diet that focuses on eating only foods that would’ve been available to prehistoric peoples. Lots of meat and greens, no bread or…

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Free Speech and the Criminal Law

Most commenters today were fixated on the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Affordable Care Act (referred to by its critics as Obamacare). But in a less publicized decision, the Supreme Court decided, by a 6 to 3 vote, that a federal law making it a crime to lie about one’s military record was an unconstitutional…

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DA, Educators Caution Against Sexting in Raleigh

Should teenagers engage in “sexting”? Obviously no. There’s a lot that can go wrong, including inappropriate pictures being sent beyond the close circle of friends… or ending up on the internet. But should a teenager who sends around an inappropriate picture of him or herself be criminal charged for child pornography. You’d think that would…

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Should a journalist turn over his pedophile sources?

Interesting story in Time magazine about whether a journalist in France ought to be required to turn over sources the journalist gathered while working on a story about pedophiles. If you’ve been charged with a sex crime in Raleigh, call criminal lawyer Raleigh Damon Chetson at (919) 352-9411. As Time reports: [I]n France, a new dose of…

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