FREE SPEECH -- Of course "lies and lying liars" are protected by the First Amendment—unless they're used to obtain a benefit of economic value or in violation of a sworn oath, or in reports to law enforcement authorities, for example. As noted by a Los Angeles Times editorial, the defenders of the Stolen Valor Act don't seem to get that.
FREE SPEECH -- The ACLU in San Diego has spelled out for a local community college president just how unlawful it believes the college's ill-treatment of several faculty members for their support of a student protest really was, and how other rules violate the civil rights of students and faculty in general. These students treat protest (about the decline in state financial support) with the excitement of 50 years ago—and it gets widespread attention.
FREE SPEECH/OPEN MEETINGS -- The student body president at Sacramento City College, summarily removed and suspended for permitting a graphic anti-abortion display at a student forum, has been reinstated—because his recall election was taken at an unlawful meeting, reports Stephanie Rodriguez for SacCityExpress.com, the college's "student-run news portal."
FREE SPEECH -- Three community college professors who may have been doing no more than showing solidarity with students peaceably protesting program cutbacks have not only been summarily suspended but may face criminal charges, reports KXTV in San Diego.
FREE SPEECH -- A California Congresswoman's proposed legislation demanding up to two years in prison for electronic speech meant to “coerce, intimidate, harass or cause substantial emotional distress to a person” was met with little enthusiasm by a House subcommittee last Wednesday, reports David Kravits for Wired magazine.
FREE SPEECH/WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION -- As professional crime-fighters, cops have no First Amendment protection when they inform their superiors of crime and corruption, notes a human resources specialist for BusinessManagementDaily.com. But they may still have some remedy for employer retaliation under California's Whistleblower Protection Act.
FREE SPEECH -- "A federal jury's finding that Solano County District Attorney David Paulson and his chief investigator maliciously violated the civil rights of a Fairfield bail bondsman is disturbing, to say the least," says the opening of a scalding editorial in the Vacaville Reporter. "Mr. Paulson's response to the jury's decision on Wednesday —that the trial was 'an enlightening experience' and that 'everybody learned something from it'— is ludicrous."
FREE SPEECH -- A federal judge has ruled that a 2008 Oakland ordinance barring abortion protesters from coming within eight feet of women entering and exiting abortion clinics is constitutional, reports Robin Abcarian in the Los Angeles Times.
FREE SPEECH -- Leslie Berestein, writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports that Caltrans and the San Diego Minutemen have reached a settlement that "gives the anti-illegal-immigration activists what they were hoping for: the right to keep their Adopt-A-Highway sign on northbound Interstate 5, a cash payment, and litter cleanup on an additional stretch of the freeway."
FREE SPEECH -- An older student recently in the education program at Stanford was a force to be reckoned with in a profession where unflattering blogging about peers and (organizational) superiors is a luxury usually deferred until tenure is achieved—if ever, reports columnist Jay Matthews for the Washington Post.