Thursday, June 28, 2012
The court stressed that it was not applying a broad legal standard that "would allow a public university to regulate a student's personal expression at any time, at any place, for any claimed curriculum-based reason."
In this case the course syllabus for a required anatomy lab included rules "set up to promote respect for the cadaver." The anatomy lab rules prohibited "blogging" about the anatomy lab or cadaver dissection. It was explained to the students that blogging included Facebook and Twitter.
This ruling could have broader application because the Minnesota constitutional right to free speech is coextensive with the First Amendment.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
SCOTUS watchers have been busy predicting if the highest court will choose either for review. There seems to be some agreement that the First Circuit case has a better chance since it's framed as a states' rights issue, while the California case, in its broadest form, asks the court to affirm a federal constitutional right for same-sex couples for marry. Stay tuned!