Posts filtered by tags: John Samples[x]


Social media law roundup

Was this an entry in a contest to draft the most unconstitutional bill? “Florida Bill Would Make It a Crime for Minors to Post Pictures of Guns on Social Media” [Eugene Volokh] “Everyone involved in politics has bad days, when one’s interests conflict with one’s ideals.” But conservatives should resist the temptation to call in government to regulate the Internet [John Samples] New Republican interest in antitrust explainable by wish to bust corporations considered unfriendly to Republicans [...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, Guns, Law, Uncategorized, Elizabeth Warren, Social Media, Antitrust, Warren, Lafayette, Eugene Volokh, Steven Greenhut, Wrong Right, Scott Shackford, Elizabeth Nolan Brown, John Samples

Free speech and social media moderation

“Big internet platforms for speech are privately owned, but those who would pressure private firms to restrict speech are often the same people who would substantially restrict the rights of people to speak. John Samples and Emily Ekins discuss how Americans think about free speech today and ways to defend it in the modern age.” [Cato Daily Podcast with Caleb Brown] Tags: Facebook, free speech, social media, Twitte
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Law, Uncategorized, Social Media, Free Speech, CALEB BROWN, John Samples, Emily Ekins

Free speech roundup

Repercussions of Supreme Court’s Janus ruling on bar associations’ compulsory extraction of dues from nonmembers [Oregonian] “State Supreme Court calls a ‘timeout’ for Washington Bar Association to review its rules” Steve Miletich, Seattle Times] “ABA Model Rule 8.4(g) Cannot Survive the Supreme Court’s Recent Decisions in NIFLA and Matal” [Kim Colby, Federalist Society, earlier on rule banning some types of speech and expression by lawyers on anti-discrimination grounds] Pardoned former sher...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Uncategorized, New York Times, Joe Arpaio, Donald Trump, Free Speech, First Amendment, Bar Associations, Seattle Times, Ashers, State Supreme Court, David Henderson, Janus, Jacob Sullum, Eugene Volokh

Free speech roundup

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) proposes to regulate social media bots, or to put it differently, to regulate a form of speech carried on through automated mechanisms [John Samples, Cato] “The State of New Jersey Wants to Subsidize News. Uh-oh.” [Jack Shafer, Politico] Canada, farther down this road, moves toward outright government subsidies to newspapers [Mylene Crete and Jordan Press, Canadian Press] “Court tosses disbarred lawyer’s suit over newspaper article on his ethics case with a ‘...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Social Media, Canada, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Hate Speech, Dianne Feinstein, Free Speech, First Amendment, Lambda Legal, ABA Journal, Calif, Eugene Volokh, Nadine Strossen, Gestapo

Free speech roundup

Video now online of Nadine Strossen at Cato speaking on her new book Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship. And John Samples kicks off series of blog posts about book [first, second] Press vs. President: “the more tightly regulated media landscape of the early 1970s” played directly into Nixon’s hands [Matt Welch] Romance writer’s bid to stop authors from using word ‘cocky’ fails in court [Alison Flood/Guardian, earlier] “New law forces Google to suspend political...
Tags: Google, Minnesota, Law, Washington, Uncategorized, Copyright, Hate Speech, Free Speech, Nixon, Cato, Tim Cushing, Zora Neale Hurston, Eugene Volokh, Nadine Strossen, Matt Welch, John Samples

Watch: Nadine Strossen at Cato

Today (Monday) at Cato, NYLS constitutional law professor and ACLU past president Nadine Strossen will speak on her new book “Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship” with Prof. Louis Seidman of Georgetown Law and John Samples commenting and Roger Pilon moderating. You can watch here. Tags: First Amendment, hate speech Watch: Nadine Strossen at Cato is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Aclu, Hate Speech, First Amendment, Cato, Nadine Strossen, Georgetown Law, Roger Pilon, Louis Seidman, John Samples, Cato NYLS

April 11 roundup

For best effect, read it aloud: “Do YOU appear in the form of water droplets? Are YOU found on grass and windows in the morning? If so you MAY be dew condensation.” [Andy Ryan] “Bezos could get out of Trump’s kitchen by telling the editors and reporters at his newspaper to shut up about the President.” [John Samples] Wave of ADA web-accessibility suits hit banks: “N.Y. lawyers sue 40-plus companies on behalf of blind man in a month” [Justin Stoltzfus, Legal NewsLine] More: Jonathan Berr, CBS...
Tags: Amazon, Law, Banks, Uncategorized, Humor, Cbs, Philadelphia, Food Safety, Donald Trump, Ada, Law Schools, Trump, Chasing Clients, John Samples, Web Accessibility, Allen Mendenhall Law

Free speech roundup

Two new podcast series on free speech: “Make No Law,” from Ken White (Popehat) on Legal Talk Network; Clear and Present Danger: A History of Free Speech from Jacob Mchangama for FIRE and other groups; No, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act does not require tech companies to provide a “neutral public forum.” Has Sen. Ted Cruz been properly briefed on this? [John Samples] “Arizona naturopath Colleen Huber is suing me in Germany for defamation over my opinions about her so-called nat...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Germany, Uncategorized, Ted Cruz, Arizona, Free Speech, Cato, Providence Journal, Jeffrey M McCall, Ilya Shapiro, Indian tribes, Libel Slander And Defamation, John Samples, Ken White Popehat, Jacob Mchangama

Campus climate roundup

Pauli Murray, civil rights activist after whom Yale recently named a residential college, stood up for her worst foes’ right to speak [Peter Salovey, New York Times] Viewing everything through lens of identity and power disables the intellect [Jonathan Haidt] Penn Jillette and free speech scholars ask Brandeis president to reconsider decision to ditch play about comedian Lenny Bruce [FIRE] Isolated outrages, or straws in the wind? Lindsay Shepherd and Wilfred Laurier College [Tristin Hopper...
Tags: Law, Senate, Uncategorized, Yale, New York Times, Cato, Lenny Bruce, Peter Salovey, Brandeis, Eugene Volokh, Nadine Strossen, Jonathan Haidt, Penn Jillette, Pauli Murray, John Samples, University of Texas San Antonio

Watch today: Emily Yoffe and Ruth Marcus on Title IX

At 4 pm Eastern today, watch online at Cato live as acclaimed writer Emily Yoffe discusses her recent blockbuster Atlantic series on the problems with campus sex-misconduct tribunals (parts one, two, three, earlier coverage here and here). Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus will offer commentary. Although I had been scheduled to moderate, an emergency has come up and I am unable to be there; instead Cato’s John Samples will be taking my place. Tags: Cato Institute, sexual assault, Title ...
Tags: Law, Sexual Assault, Washington Post, Uncategorized, Atlantic, Title IX, Cato, Cato Institute, Ruth Marcus, John Samples, Emily Yoffe

Trump: we’ll go after their broadcast licenses

“With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!” — @realdonaldtrump Wednesday morning. Later that day he tweeted, “Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked. Not fair to public!” As was quickly pointed out [AP], the chances are extremely remote that presidential wrath is actually going to cost any broadcasters their licenses (netw...
Tags: Fcc, Nbc, Law, Washington, Uncategorized, Cnn, Federal Communications Commission, Donald Trump, Free Speech, Pai, Trump, Fox News MSNBC, Ajit Pai, Matt Welch, John Samples, Broadcasters

“Do You Have a Constitutional Right to Follow the President on Twitter?”

Probably not, says John Samples: “the fact that designated public forums may be non-physical, coupled with Trump’s status as President of the United States, is probably not a sufficient basis to deem his Twitter account a designated public forum. The courts have generally determined that designated public forums must be owned by the government in an official capacity, or used for official government communication….In effect, Trump’s becoming president does not nationalize the private Twitter acc...
Tags: Twitter, Law, White House, Uncategorized, United States, Donald Trump, First Amendment, Trump, Eugene Volokh, Fairfax County Va, John Samples

Reforming Electoral College Essential To Saving Democracy

Election day was sunny in Brooklyn. I rode my bike to the public school in Carroll Gardens where I vote. The line snaked out the door. Inside, the gymnasium was packed with voters, poll workers and machines. I was smiling, sensing that a majority of voters in this corner of America were probably Hillary supporters. Hours later, I was nursing my shock with red wine and late night calls to like-minded friends across the country. Although Hillary Clinton received at least two million (maybe more b...
Tags: Florida, News, Supreme Court, Iraq, New York City, Alabama, America, Brooklyn, Hillary Clinton, United States, Ohio, Donald Trump, Hillary, George W Bush, Huffington Post, Trump

International free speech roundup

As government’s grip tightens in Turkey, Erdogan begins rounding up journalists [New York Times, Jonathan Turley on aftermath of coup attempt] German court fines man $2,480 for comparing state politician’s IQ to that of “a piece of toast” [Deutsche Welle] University of Cape Town disinvites free speech hero and Cato fellow Flemming Rose, of Danish cartoons fame, prompting letters of protest from Nadine Strossen, Floyd Abrams, Kenan Malik [John Samples] “If it’s perceived by the victim, then i...
Tags: UK, London, Law, Germany, Uncategorized, Turkey, Harvard, United Kingdom, New York Times, Nottinghamshire, David Bernstein, Hate Speech, Free Speech, First Amendment, Rule Of Law, Brexit

What Would A Donald Trump Presidency Actually Look Like?

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Donald Trump was in the middle of serving up his pungent stew of personal insults, demagoguery and braggadocio at a rally here on Friday when a woman in the crowd decided that she'd had enough.  "Quit talking nonsense, Donald!” the woman shouted. “Tell us your actual plan! What are you gonna do?" The woman wasn’t a protester, she explained to the unimpressed people standing in her vicinity. Given Trump’s position as the prohibitive favorite to win the Republican nomination,...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Vladimir Putin, Congress, Washington Post, Nsa, White House, Barack Obama, Reagan, United States, New Hampshire, New York Times, Cia, Republican, Donald Trump, Fort Worth