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June 26, 1989 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, Times Staff Writer
If the Senate had confirmed the nomination of Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court, it would still be a crime to burn the American flag in political protest, the former U.S. appellate court judge indicated Sunday. Bork said he finds it "incomprehensible" that the court ruled flag burning is protected by the First Amendment. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, named to the court after Bork was rejected by the Senate, cast a swing vote in Wednesday's 5-4 decision. If Bork had been on the court instead, the 5-4 vote would have gone the other way, he indicated.
April 15, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli and Melanie Mason, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - A single conversation on the Senate floor Monday illustrated the challenges senators face in pushing a bipartisan measure to extend background checks to most gun sales. Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), the chief author of the proposal, spent some 20 minutes lobbying Alaska's two senators, one a conservative Democrat who faces reelection in 2014 and the other a Republican who has sometimes broken with her party. Neither the Democrat, Sen. Mark Begich, nor the Republican, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, has committed to the proposal, which could be the most far-reaching gun legislation to pass the Senate in more than two decades.
May 11, 1986
Editorial praise for Cal State Fullerton President Jewel Plummer Cobb's defense of First Amendment rights is well founded and deserved. Would that the Los Angeles Times' actions during the recent Doonesbury fiasco been as laudable. CHARLES A. KIRCHER Costa Mesa
October 15, 2012 | By Greg Braxton
A class-action lawsuit filed by two Nashville men who alleged that ABC's "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" dating shows intentionally excluded people of color has been dismissed. Lawyers for Nathaniel Claybrooks, described as an "All-American football player" and Christopher Johnson, described as "an aspiring National Football League player," had claimed in U.S. District Court that both shows over the last 10 years and 23 combined seasons had never featured a person of color in the central role.
April 25, 1985
The Constitution is the wisest instrument of government the Earth has ever known. If America is to endure as a free republic as ordained by it, Presidents, Supreme Court justices, and other public officers must do what they have sworn to do, that is, support it. Recognizing these truths, I spent my major efforts during my 20 years as a senator from North Carolina trying to persuade government to obey the Constitution. Despite my admiration for President Reagan, I am constrained by my duty to our country to assert that what he says, does, and advocates in respect to religion shows that he does not understand the religious clauses of the First Amendment and how obedience to them is essential to the preservation of the religious freedom they are designed to secure to all Americans of all faiths.
April 5, 1993
Open letter to Gil Cates: Entertainers and others in the spotlight are constantly exploited for their celebrity, and they are always asked to appear and speak at public events for the benefit of others. Therefore, we find it surprising and hypocritical that Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon and Richard Gere are being criticized and censored for stating their beliefs in a concise and open manner. Whether one agrees or disagrees with the views expressed by Robbins, Sarandon or Gere, we'd like to remind Cates that the First Amendment also applies to entertainers.
April 5, 1986
Mac O'Grady's outspoken criticism of Deane Beman and his policies in no way merits an exorbitant fine and up to 12 weeks suspension. Did he ever hear of the First Amendment? I have the right to criticize Beman and vice versa. Because of that criticism, does he have the right to fine me? But, he says he has the power to fine and suspend O'Grady. If he does, then Deane Beman is a czar and should be penalized for bad judgment. W.J. SHAFFNER Encino
March 28, 1989 | DENNIS McDOUGAL, Times Staff Writer
Beleaguered best-selling author Salman Rushdie may have rallied broad support among Western nations, but at least some of his work would not qualify as being decent enough to be read over the air under current federal broadcast standards, according to the Pacifica Foundation, a longtime champion of First Amendment rights. The Los Angeles-based foundation, which operates KPFK-FM (90.
March 10, 1991
Concerning the March 1 article headlined "Father Sues Scouts for Expelling Twin Sons": Doesn't look like they will ever make the God and Country Award. BILL LYNDE, Cypress
The Supreme Court said Tuesday that it will rule on whether the First Amendment forbids the government from determining what channels a cable company must carry. At issue is the 1992 Cable TV Act, in which Congress generally required local cable operators to carry the signals of all the broadcast stations in their area. The law was passed in response to consumers' anger over rising rates and spotty service.
May 7, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Men are more likely to look things up on their smartphone than women. Wealthy people are more likely to use their smartphones for real time searches than poorer people. And less than 50% of people over 65 are using their phones for real-time searches, according to new data from the Pew Internet Report. Researchers at the Pew Internet Report asked more than 2,254 Americans ages 18 and older to answer questions about how they used their mobile phones in the last 30 days. For this study , they looked specifically at how people use their phones to answer immediate questions -- what the researchers are calling "just-in-time searches.
April 20, 2010 | By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
Dealing a setback to the animal rights movement, the Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down on free-speech grounds an anti-cruelty law that made it a federal crime to sell videos or photos of animals being illegally wounded, killed or tortured. It marked the second time this year that the high court wielded the First Amendment to toss out a law with popular support. The 8-1 ruling overturned the conviction of a Virginia man who sold several dog-fighting videos to federal agents.
March 12, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The owners of a California company that distributed videos depicting deviant sexual conduct pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute obscene material. The pleas from Robert Zicari and his wife, Janet Romano, in federal court in Pittsburgh come after a nearly six-year battle over whether the First Amendment protects such videos, which included scenes of simulated rape. Advocates for the couple accused prosecutors of filing the case in western Pennsylvania because the area's "community standards" -- which govern what is obscene, according to the U.S. Supreme Court -- are more conservative than those in California.
June 22, 2008 | Monica Corcoran, Times Staff Writer
CONFESSION: I can't stop staring at Cindy McCain's chest. It's like a Fourth of July fireworks finale with all those sparkly patriotic pins on her lapel. They seem to be breeding like wild hares in her closet too. Every time she appears at a luncheon or a rally, there's yet another crystal-encrusted brooch. Someone must have told her about the importance of flair. Political flair.
January 20, 2008 | Jonathan Kirsch, Jonathan Kirsch is an attorney specializing in publishing law. His next book is a history of the Inquisition and its impact on American democracy.
THE 14 most important words in American democracy, according to Anthony Lewis, are found in the 1st Amendment: "Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press. . . ." Yet it was not until 1931, he points out in "Freedom for the Thought That We Hate," that those words were invoked and enforced by the Supreme Court. Even so, the courts have continued to engage in a long and sometimes rancorous debate over what they actually mean.
December 20, 2007 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
About 300 former and current Capistrano Valley High students rallied Wednesday in support of a teacher accused of making anti-Christian statements in the classroom. Boosters of James Corbett, an Advanced Placement European history teacher, lined both sides of the street in front of the Mission Viejo campus, chanting "support free speech" and holding signs that read, "He Made Us Think," "Irish Catholic Supports Dr. Corbett" and "Who Would Jesus Sue?"
August 7, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he would appeal a federal judge's ruling blocking a state law intended to ban the sale of violent video games to minors. U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte in San Jose issued his order Monday, agreeing with the video game industry's argument that California's law violated the 1st Amendment right of free speech. Lawyers for the state argued that evidence showing violent video games caused psychological harm to children gave California the right to block the sales.
March 1, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
In a closely watched church-state separation case, a Bush administration lawyer urged the Supreme Court on Wednesday to shield the president's "faith-based initiative" from legal challenges in court. U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement said taxpayers who believe the White House is unconstitutionally promoting religion should not be accorded legal standing to sue in court.
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