Monthly Archives: October 2012

Guest Post: Free speech and the college campus: The spread of Hazelwood is troubling

By Yevgeny Shrago Frank D. LoMonte is the executive director of the Student Press Law Center. Before joiningthe SPLC, he practiced with the law firm of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, he clerked for twofederal judges, and he worked as an investigative journalist and political columnist. When 51-year-old Alabama nursing student Judith Heenan repeatedly complained to her instructors about inequities in the grading and disciplinary system in her graduate program, she anticipated some disapproval. What she didn’t anticipate was being thrown out of the program for complaining – and then being told by a federal district judge that…

Our Quaint Electronic Privacy Protections

By Mark Wilson The email! It burns! The Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA) is only one year older than my little sister. But at least she knows what email is. The ECPA still does not. In fact, the 1980s Honeywell advertisement at left (“What the heck is Electronic Mail?“) pretty much sums up the current state of…

Malaysia’s Transsexuals Lose Court Battle to Dress as They Choose

By Sushila Rao The first ever attempt to challenge the constitutionality of an Islamic Syariah(Shariah) ban on cross-dressing has been dismissed by the secular High Court in the Negeri Sembilan province of Malaysia. Article 3 of the Constitution of Malaysia establishes Islam as the “religion of the Federation.”  Under the “dual” legal system ordained by Article 121(1A) of the…

California’s Ban on “Ex-Gay” Therapy Challenged on Constitutional Grounds

Its protracted and divisive struggle over the legalization of same-sex marriage notwithstanding, the state of California has taken the lead on another vital issue on the pro-equality agenda—by enacting a legislative ban on so-called “ex-gay” therapy for minors. Effective January 1, 2013, SB 1172 will prohibit children under 18 from undergoing sexual orientation-change efforts (SOCE)….

Ten thousand lakes, under god…

By Hudson Kingston Al Capone famously was successfully prosecuted for tax evasion. This fact reminds us of three distinct truisms: 1. Tax evasion is a crime, and Capone went to prison to  eventually die there for his misdeeds; 2. Tax evasion, rather than being something one can harmlessly accuse a presidential candidate of, is likely to be a…

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