freedom of speech

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a civil right guaranteed by the First Amendment to the US Constitution

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His suit challenges college rules restricting petitioning, pamphleting and similar activities to the free-speech area, along with the campus anti-harassment policy and its two-week process for approving student group events.
Texas Tech University and the South Orange County Community College District in California, which operates Saddleback and Irvine Valley colleges, are among those that have been sued because of their free-speech zones.
It is not apparent why things have changed so dramatically, though undoubtedly the rationales of free-speech advocates and leading jurists (including Justice Brennan in his 1957 Roth decision, which recognized that sex, "a great and mysterious motive force in human life has indisputably been a subject of absorbing interest to mankind through the ages") has influenced both judicial policy and administrative enforcement practice.
On the expanding information superhighway, public-access channels will soon be our society's only non-commercial free-speech forum for the communication of ideas not always shared by the majority.
From its early involvement with such well-known defendants as John Scopes and the Scottsboro Boys to its more recent support of free-speech rights for Nazis and opposition to the death penalty, the ACLU has had a major impact on how constitutional rights and civil liberties are discussed and debated.
The case pits various free-speech advocates and Deputy District Attorney Richard Ceballos - who now works in the downtown central trials division - against the District Attorney's Office, the Bush administration and a broad coalition of municipal governments.
And although he recognizes the free-speech issues raised by laws that punish crimes more severely when they are motivated by bigotry, he concludes that "the dangers that hate crimes pose to society" outweigh "the relatively minimal intrusions into the First Amendment arena that a carefully drafted enhanced-penalty law may entail.
Federal Communications Commission about whether the cable industry's free-speech rights, are being trampled by a 1992 federal law that requires cable systems to set aside up to one-third of their channels for local broadcasts.
A group of day laborers, represented by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, filed suit last year claiming the law was unconstitutional because it violated their free-speech rights.
It is, in a sense, a pathetic spectacle: an aging English professor driving a Jaguar to compensate for who knows what deficiencies and making ad-hominem attacks on free-speech supporters because, in the end, he really has nothing to say on the subject.
Common sense also suggests that there is something unscrupulous about a free-speech fundamentalist like Camille Paglia who makes her career by hurling invective and denigrating almost everyone else.
The guards did not tell them to stand to the side or inform them there was a free-speech table inside the hall, he said.
Escaping from nihilism, Hentoff celebrates those students who reject repression in favor of open forums and applauds those pitifully scarce scholars and judicial warlords who demonstrate the courage of their free-speech convictions.
But from a free-speech point of view, why can't I view this film any way I want to?