The ACLU-MN is suing the city of Minneapolis, Mayor Betsy Hodges, and Police Chief Janeé Harteau for granting Major League Baseball's request to create a potentially speech-limiting "Clean Zone" around Target Field during a two-week stretch surrounding this summer's All-Star Game.The lawsuit's core ... More >>
The Minnesota Senate already passed legislation calling on Congress to overturn Citizens United, the controversial 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling which held that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting political independent expenditures by corporations, associations, or labor u ... More >>
Today, the Minnesota Supreme Court struck down the conviction of former Faribault nurse William Melchert-Dinkel for advising and encouraging two people to kill themselves.THE BACKSTORY: William Melchert-Dinkel charged with aiding two suicides The court ruled that while there's no constitutional issu ... More >>
In October 2012, Little Canada resident Andrew Henderson was charged with obstruction of justice and disorderly conduct for filming paramedics and deputies loading a mentally disturbed, handcuffed man into the back of an ambulance outside his residential building.THE BACKSTORY: Camera unlawfully tak ... More >>
The D.C.-based American Humanist Association is threatening to sue Robbinsdale Area Schools and the district's engineering and arts magnet school over field trips students have taken to the Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley the last two academic years.SEE ALSO: Hudson school apologizes for ma ... More >>
Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear a case filed by a group of Minnesota conservatives regarding a state election law barring voters from wearing political attire to polling places on election day.SEE ALSO: Minnesota Majority's Dan McGrath on voter ID failure: "Voter fraud li ... More >>
The presses have been alerted -- a politician has spoken untruthfully.SEE ALSO: Gay marriage opponents waved bizarre signs during Capitol rally [PHOTOS]This time, the culprit is first-term Rep. David Osmek, R-Mound, who either hasn't read the not-especially-long text of the marriage equality bill be ... More >>
Under the leadership of Sheriff Rich Stanek, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office has adopted a no-visible-tattoos policy for new hires.SEE ALSO: Antonio "Savage" Jenkins' tattoo of "pig get'n brains blew out" leads to criminal charge No other Hennepin County department's have a tattoo policy, the S ... More >>
Today, St. Paul attorney Nathan Hansen and New Jersey attorney Alan Milstein filed a civil lawsuit against the state of Minnesota, State Patrol, and other law enforcement agencies seeking millions of dollars in damages for subjects who participated in the scandalized Drug Recognition Expert program. ... More >>
Plus, high school mural and police brutality start a flurry of controversy
SEE ALSO: Chris Kluwe says politician is "literally an asshole" for anti-gay marriage stanceLast week, Vikings punter Chris Kluwe said Maryland Delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. (D-Baltimore County) is "literally an asshole" for writing a letter demanding that Baltimore Ravens ownership silence linebac ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Mpls becomes first city to declare support for Obama's DREAM Act policy-- Chipotle faces fresh federal scrutiny more than year after mass firing of Latinos in Minnesota-- Ed Hansen, Confederate flag-flying West St. Paul City Council member, back in troubleLater today, people will gather ... More >>
On May 11, 56-year-old Minneapolis resident David Cummer was calmly using his iPhone to film police during the 1% Against Democracy rally in downtown Minneapolis when a group of officers approached him and suddenly placed him under arrest."You decide to leave, if not, you're going to be arrested," o ... More >>
The ACLU has filed a lawsuit on behalf of four members of the Occupy MN movement. The 92-page filing lists Hennepin County, the county commissioners, Sheriff Rich Stanek, and "unnamed" Hennepin County deputies and security officers as defendants. At the heart of the lawsuit is whether new restri ... More >>
The occupiers are refusing to move from in front of a sign.This morning, Hennepin County maintenance removed all of Occupy MN protesters' signs from Government Plaza. Just before noon, however, a small contingent of the occupiers started putting them back up. Now, seven occupiers have linked ar ... More >>
Schools across the country have banned the bracelets.A Wisconsin eighth-grader is suing her principal and school district for the right to wear a somewhat silly bracelet that deals with a deadly serious topic. Kaisey Jenkins, a student at Sauk Prairie Middle School in central Wisconsin, says the ... More >>
William Melchert-Dinkel is not a First Amendment hero.William Melchert-Dinkel really is an odious character, and he knows it. He's already admitted to being morally bankrupt for trolling the Internet and encouraging people to kill themselves. He's been sentenced to a year behind bars. But ... More >>
TCIndyMediaIsaac Peters and Michael Lawson.As far as animal rights protests go, this one was pretty mild. No ink thrown on ladies wearing fur coats. No naked women chained to the front doors. And Isaac Peter and Michael Christopher Lawson figured they were on pretty firm First Amendment grou ... More >>
Saying sorry, again.KDWB has been forced to apologize again for that tasteless Hmong parody song aired by the "Dave Ryan in the Morning Show" crew a few weeks ago. The latest mea culpa came as a crowd of protesters showed up outside the station's front doors on Friday morning carrying signs ... More >>
Does god wants a new Vikings stadium?The last time a Christian minister raised eyebrows with an invocation at the Legislature, he drew rebukes for failing to take note that Jewish lawmakers deserved as much respect as their Christian colleagues when it came time for prayer. Now, a minister ... More >>
Photo: New Media DaysJulian Assagne of Wikileaks. By Michael Lacey Executive Editor, Village Voice Media Where are the First Amendment's establishment warriors as government-spooked businesses try to shut down Wikileaks? Hackers with computers, not hacks with press passes, have been the first l ... More >>
Al Franken doesn't want to tick off the in-lawsFor months now, Sen. Al Franken has used every available microphone to warn about the dire future of net neutrality: The principle that demands no Internet Service Providers or governments be allowed to tamper with the content, access, speed and ... More >>
Bachmann lists pedophiles and gays in her examples of who would now be protected under hate crime laws while grandmas and veterans wouldn't have their lives valued by U.S. law.
The Woodbury City Council banned targeted residential picketing, which provoked an outcry over the squelching of First Amendment rights. But as it turns out, the state banned targeted residential picketing 16 years ago.
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Edina City Council votes to deny revenue bonds from a Christian school amid First Amendment concerns, pressure from the ACLU
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Just when it seemed the chest-thumping and mud-slinging in local blogdom couldn't get much more overblown, a Twin Cities blogger has found himself on the receiving end of a libel suit believed to be the first of its kind in this area. Until last week, Michael Brodkorb was anonymous in his role as au ... More >>
Wilson and Plame get ready to sue the Bush Administration, Charize Theron brings Aeon Flux to life, Morley Safer dresses to kill, the Minnesota blog of the day and more...
THESE DAYS In a potentially major breakthrough in the campaign against AIDS, French and South African researchers have apparently found that male circumcision reduces by about 70% the risk that men will contract HIV through intercourse with infected women. Minnesota journalists and First Amendment ... More >>
Danforth says Republicans are headed for doomsvilleThere's an interesting op-ed piece in today's NYT by former Missouri Senator John Danforth (who resigned as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in January). He says the Republican party, concerned more about outlawing gay marriage than fixing the ... More >>
High Court: Report only settled arguments The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday declined to hear a case that would have solidified the news media's long-presumed right to report truthfully what politicians say--whether those politicians are lying or not. First Amendment attorneys across the country had u ... More >>
Proof That Inmates Sometimes Take Over the Asylum