CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2013 |
A defaced painting of President Obama that stands above a Sacramento art gallery will remain up for all to see, the curator says. Barbara Range at the Brickhouse Art Gallery told FOX40 she was angry and in disbelief when she first saw the graffiti across the large rooftop painting last week. But she later decided that it will stay up. ”We will not have it removed simply because someone chose to disagree with the view of President Obama," Range said. An artist at the gallery told FOX40 it would be impossible to clean the graffiti without doing permanent damage to the original painting underneath.
August 30, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Alex Macgillivray, Twitter's top lawyer who pushed back against government and law enforcement demands and helped stake out the company's stance as “the free speech wing of the free speech party,” is stepping down. He made the announcement in a blog post on Friday. And on Twitter, of course: "Passing the torch. I care deeply about Twitter and our users, will continue to help while exploring other passions" Vijaya Gadde, who has handled Twitter's corporate and international legal work, will take over as general counsel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 |
An adult-film trade group has lifted an industry-wide production moratorium that was prompted by an actress' positive HIV test. Free Speech Coalition, a Canoga Park-based association for the industry, said Wednesday that all on-screen partners of the affected actress, who uses the screen name Cameron Bay, had been tested and cleared and that a panel of three doctors concluded that it was safe to resume filming. The coalition called the moratorium last Wednesday after the actress received a preliminary positive test result, later confirmed by follow-up testing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2013 |
The Newport Beach City Council voted Tuesday to move ahead with an ordinance that would create a 300-foot "buffer zone" to keep pickets away from a targeted individual's home. The 6-0 decision followed a recent nighttime demonstration during which abortion protesters targeted the residence of a doctor, writing slurs in chalk in front of the house and generally frightening residents. While council members said they understood the need to protect free speech, they felt that the rule would ensure that residents could find peace and privacy in their homes.
August 14, 2013
Two Hemet men arrested after reading the Bible aloud outside a California Department of Motor Vehicles building were acquitted by a judge. Prosecutors claim the men, Brett Coronado, 44, and Mark Mackey, 60, illegally demonstrated without a permit on Feb. 2, 2011, when their church evangelism team gathered outside the DMV office in Hemet to recite Bible verses, the Times' Matt Hamilton reported. Mackey was arrested by a California Highway Patrol officer on suspicion of preaching to a captive audience.
August 6, 2013 |
A federal appeals court in Pennsylvania has awarded a victory to some middle-school girls who were disciplined for wearing rubber wristbands with the message “I [heart] boobies! (Keep a Breast).” The bracelets were a lighthearted attempt to raise awareness about breast cancer, but school officials weren't amused. “Boobie” wristbands now join black armbands as forms of symbolic speech by schoolchildren that are protected by the 1stAmendment. In the landmark 1969 case of Tinker v. Des Moines School District, the Supreme Court upheld the right of children to wear black armbands to school to protest the Vietnam War. That decision contains this famous - and to school administrators notorious - statement: “It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.” The court ruled that schools could suppress student expression on controversial issues only if it “materially disrupts classwork or involves substantial disorder or invasion of the rights of others.” If the only case on the books were Tinker, lawyers for the Easton Area School District in Pennsylvania probably would have advised their clients not to fight the schoolgirls in court.