Category: Freedom of Speech and Press

1st Amendment – ANOTHER BLISTERING CRITICISM OF PETERSBURG GOVERNMENT BY THE COURTS TODAY WITH AN OPINION BY THE 4TH CIRCUIT STRIKING DOWN PETERSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT BAN ON SOCIAL MEDIA CRITICISM OF THE DEPARTMENT

12-15-2016– THE US COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE 4th CIRCUIT REMOVES WHAT IT DESCRIBED AS A “VIRTUAL BLANKET PROHIBITION ON ALL SPEECH CRITICAL OF THE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYER” BY STRIKING DOWN PETERSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT’S BAN ON SOCIAL MEDIA CRITICISM OF THE DEPARTMENT. In a sharply worded opinion issued on 12-15-2016, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals declared Read More …

Constitutional Free Speech in Public Schools

Jonathan Arthur, a Civil Rights Attorney with Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, PC in Richmond Virginia, grew up in Montgomery County, Virginia.   For nearly 30 years the law firm has been defending the Constitutional rights of citizens.  Attorney Arthur is concerned with the violation of the free speech of students at Christiansburg High School – Read More …

First Amendment protects the free-exercise rights of owners of businesses.

OWNERS OF CLOSELY HELD BUSINESSES DO NOT GIVE UP THEIR RIGHTS TO CONDUCT THEIR BUSINESSES IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AND CONSCIENCE BY ENGAGING IN COMMERCE! In a recent 2014 attack on liberties protected by the U.S. Constitutional the New York State Division of Human Rights fined Cynthia and Robert Gifford’s Liberty Ridge Farm, a business Read More …

Can I be convicted for republishing information related to matters of public concern where the information was illegally obtained by a stranger?

Q.  Can I be properly convicted for republishing information related to matters of public concern where the information was illegally obtained by a stranger? A. No.  (However you may be wrongly convicted!) The civil rights law firm of Thomas H. Roberts & Associates, P.C. defends persons facing charges for reposting or publishing information on matters Read More …

Are public employees protected against discharge and retaliation for things they say as a citizen?

Are public employees protected against discharge and retaliation for things they say as a citizen? Public employees do not shed constitutional protections when they enter the work place.    In the absence of proof that the public employee knowingly or recklessly made false statements, a public or government employee has a right to speak as Read More …