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Court: First Amendment protects "hate group" label

Sep. 20, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a liberal advocacy group has a First Amendment right to call a Christian ministry a hate group for its opposition to homosexuality. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, in a 141-page decision issued late Thursday, threw out a complaint filed by the...

Indonesia's president delays vote on new criminal code

Sep. 20, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president urged lawmakers on Friday to delay a vote on a proposed new criminal code amid mounting criticism of the bill, which opponents say threatens democracy and discriminates against minorities. Updating Indonesia's criminal code, a legacy of the Dutch colonial...

Court: Jail's 3-book limit doesn't violate rights of inmates

Sep. 20, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago has ruled the confiscation by Cook County Jail guards of over 30 books from an inmate didn't violate his free-speech rights. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports that Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez agreed the First Amendment protected the right to read, not only...

Press freedom advocates troubled by suit against Iowa paper

Sep. 19, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The former administrator for Iowa's third-largest city is suing the area's biggest newspaper, claiming that its coverage was unfair and cost him his job, in a case that has alarmed advocates for press freedom. Former Davenport city administrator Craig Malin's lawsuit against the...

Parole board weighs release of woman in texting suicide case

Sep. 19, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

NATICK, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts officials are weighing whether to grant early jail release for Michelle Carter, the woman currently imprisoned for urging her suicidal boyfriend via text messages to take his own life. Carter, 22, appeared Thursday before the state Parole Board to seek release after...

Judge partially blocks law aimed at oil pipeline protests

Sep. 18, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked enforcement of some new South Dakota laws that aim to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline. A lawsuit spearheaded by the American Civil Liberties Union against Gov. Kristi Noem and state Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg alleges that...

Students contend park rules hurt speech, religious liberty

Sep. 18, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Four Wheaton College students have sued the city of Chicago, claiming rules for a popular park undercut the First Amendment's guarantees of freedom of speech and free exercise of religion. Earlier this year, Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events divided Millennium Park...

Justice Department files lawsuit against Snowden over memoir

Sep. 17, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government filed a lawsuit Tuesday against former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, alleging he violated nondisclosure agreements by publishing a memoir without giving the government an opportunity to review it first. The Justice Department is seeking to...

US court: Media should be able to hear Arizona executions,

Sep. 17, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Journalists are entitled to hear and not just see the entire process of executing condemned inmates in Arizona, a U.S. appeals court said Tuesday in a ruling that criticized Arizona's "checkered past with executions." In the case stemming from what a lawyer called a botched execution, the...

Donor disclosure law dangerous, Koch think tank tells judge

Sep. 17, 2019 4:21 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's new law requiring some political groups to disclose their donors is a "monstrosity" that could ruin organizations, lawyers for the conservative think tank founded by the Koch brothers told a federal judge Tuesday. But the state argued the June law is aimed at uncovering...