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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe ArpaioAn 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 >>
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 >>
Apartheid Week on the UC Berkeley Campus, 2009Two 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 >>
Keep shooting, kidsKids 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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
Higher-ups at Live Oak High School may be caught with their pants down, legallyAdministrators 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 >>
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 >>
Milpitas residents Carleen and Robert Thomas found a lucrative way to sell the hardest of hardcorepornography to smut fans all over the country: by computer bulletin board. Then their little Silicon Valley startup attracted the interest of a U.S. Postal S