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Know Your Rights at Demonstrations and Protests

Thursday September 28, 2017
Know Your Rights at Demonstrations and Protests

Can my free speech be restricted because of what I say—even if it is controversial?

No. The First Amendment prohibits restrictions based on the content of speech. However, this does not mean that the Constitution completely protects all types of free speech activity in every circumstance. Police and government officials are allowed to place certain nondiscriminatory and narrowly drawn “time, place and manner” restrictions on the exercise of First Amendment rights.…  

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Stopped by the Police – What should you do?

Friday June 30, 2017
Stopped by the Police – What should you do?

As the summer heats up, it may be useful to consider the the issues between the Police and the Community before the next incident.  Hopefully, this Article will provide some guidance.

Whether in a car, walking or just “chillin” on the corner, it is important that you know your Constitutional Rights if stopped by the Police.…  

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15,000 years in America — will the Redskins migrate again?

Thursday March 9, 2017
15,000 years in America — will the Redskins migrate again?

The idea of race is an antiquated one — not quite old enough to persist, perhaps, yet pervasive enough to discuss.  This Spring, for example, the United States Supreme Court will consider the revocation of the Redskins trademark, held by the National Football League Team based in Washington, D.C. bearing that name.  At play is the decision of whether or not this word is disparaging to some, and the underlying message it sends to persons who do not self-identify as “Red” thus raising a classic conflict between the First Amendment and the right to profit greatly from its use.…  

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