First Amendment Rights

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Nudists to Sue SFPD Over Arrests

    As promised, San Francisco's prolific public nudists resubmitted their claim against the city -- and this time the Police Department, too -- claiming their freedom to express themselves (aka be naked in public) was violated last month when they were arrested. On Friday, after a brief and naked pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Dancing Naked People to Bait Police and Hopefully Get Arrested

    Public nudists have taken this whole being-naked-at-all-times thing to a brand new and musical level; now the naturists want police to come after them with cuffs any time they drop trou in public. So on Wednesday, notorious nudists Gypsy Taub and George Davis are going to try again to lure the cop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Public Nudists Have 15 Days Left of Grossing People Out

    We know there's gotta be some parents out there counting down the days from their kitchen calendar where they can safely take the kids on a family stroll to Dolores Park without fear of running into those freely flapping dicks. On Feb. 1, the new law banning most public nudity begins, which means ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Judge Temporarily Blocks Proposition 35, Sex Trafficking Law

    Election Day has passed, and you know what that means: Now the lawsuits begin.Today a judge granted a temporary stay to block part of Proposition 35, the measure passed on Tuesday that says those convicted of sex trafficking should be restricted on the Internet. The measure also increases prison sen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Unlike Muni, Golden Gate Transit Refuses to Run Jihad Ads

    After Muni fired up its own version of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with its bus ad, the Golden Gate Transit Agency decided to officially steer clear of political ads itself.In an 18-1 vote on Friday, the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District's Board of Directors adopted a new p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Facebook: Should 'Like' Button Be Protected as Free Speech?

    We've all seen the Facebook profiles supporting political candidates, the pages for protest, and the mass events that have been organized through this giant social network. Facebook has certainly made its mark on the political scene. Now, the Bay Area-based company wants a constitutional voice.Faceb ... More >>

  • News

    July 25, 2012
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    December 14, 2011

    Appeals Court Judges Grill Arpaio's Lawyer on Alleged First Amendment Violations

    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio​An 11-member panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit had some tough questions today for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's lawyer about why "America's Toughest Sheriff" should be exempt from a lawsuit claiming he violated an Arizona ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Occupy SF Prepares for Police Raid Tonight

    Kate CongerIs San Francisco next?​Update (5:45 p.m.): Department of Health officials led reporters through the encampment this evening as they inspected the area for violations. SF Weekly's Lauren Smiley says that Barbara Garcia, the director of the city's Health  Department, claims the toile ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Jewish Students Sue UC Berkeley for Allowing "Violent Anti-Semitic Attacks"

    Apartheid Week on the UC Berkeley Campus, 2009​Two Jewish UC Berkeley students are suing the school, claiming that the UC Berkeley administration failed to halt "violent anti-Semitic attacks and a hostile environment" created by two pro-Palestinian groups on campus. Plaintiff Jessica Felber, who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Supreme Court Shoots Down State Ban on Violent Videogames

    Keep shooting, kids​Kids can continue to legally play ultraviolent videogames after the Supreme Court ruled this morning that California cannot restrict kids from buying or renting the shooting games.  The court voted 7-2 that such a ban, which was spearheaded by Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Franci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Circumcision Ban Challenged: Religious Leaders File Lawsuit Today

    Taylor FriedmanNo, this isn't a bris ceremony ​Update 1:25 p.m.: Jewish and Muslim plaintiffs file lawsuit challenging San Francisco's circumcision ban. Read more after the jump.We knew this was coming -- it was just a matter of time. The Jewish community has united with other religious groups to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Where are Wikileaks' Media Friends?

    ​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 line of resistance. More to come.

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    San Francisco Circumcision Ban Unconstitutional, Professor Says

    Perform a brit milah, go to jail? ​San Francisco can have its proposed circumcision ban, or it can have the First Amendment. But it can't have both. That's the opinion of Peter Keane, dean emeritus at Golden Gate University School of Law and a constitutional law professor. The potential ballot mea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Do You Have First Amendment Rights in San Francisco Parks or Not?

    Now valid in National Parks! Right?​Jurisdictional lines are funny things. Here in San Francisco you can hoist your banners and beat your drum to express the message of your choosing per your First Amendment Rights -- until you tread onto Ocean Beach, the Presidio, or other federal land. The Natio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    School That Deemed American Flag Clothing 'Incendiary' on Shaky Legal Ground

    Higher-ups at Live Oak High School may be caught with their pants down, legally​Administrators at Morgan Hill's Live Oak High School who opted to send home students bedecked in American flag regalia on Cinco de Mayo likely ran afoul of the law, one of the nation's foremost constitutional scholars ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Roto-Nerds of the World Rejoice as Fantasy Football Site Spikes NFL in Court

    Can you imagine paying licensing fees to use Alex Smith's stats?Aficionados of Pleistocene-era sports video games may remember how "Player No. 16" on the nameless San Francisco team with crimson uniforms was really good -- but the lack of licensing fees forbade any notion of the terms "Joe Montana," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2008
  • Blogs

    October 25, 2007

    Exotic Erotic Ball Couches Tits as Freedom: Get Real! ... about Freedom (not Tits; fake Tits are fine)

    An opinion piece By Benjamin Wachs Memo to the Exotic Erotic Ball: guys, you take yourselves way too seriously. I’m all in favor of a bunch of hot naked people all being naked in one place, but, the "freedom" publicity surrounding this low-rent bacchanalia at the Cow Palace Friday and Saturday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2007
  • News

    October 27, 2004

    Of Asterisks and Small Pols

    When the city government tries to play satire police with the press, everyone with a sense of humor -- and a belief in the Constitution -- should be concerned

  • News

    February 18, 2004

    Profiles in Gumption

    Thanks to SFMOMA, Mattel wasn't able to squash a Utah artist who puts Barbie dolls in blenders

  • News

    July 2, 2003

    Letters to the Editor

    Week of July 2, 2003

  • News

    April 25, 2001

    Cats and Dogs

    A video project with canine penetration and feline skinning brings on self-censorship at the S.F. Art Institute

  • News

    December 6, 2000

    Patent Fight Pending

    When a company sues a notorious critic for infringement, is it just business or intimidation?

  • News

    June 30, 1999
  • News

    June 16, 1999

    Make Art, Not War

    Attorney helps artists fight restrictions on street sales

  • Calendar

    June 4, 1997
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    March 15, 1995


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