free speech

Chris Potter

A hearing has been continued, in the Providence Journal's lawsuit against a judge, following a high-profile murder trial. Karen Bordeleau, president of the New England First Amendment Coalition and a former executive editor of The Providence Journal, discusses the lawsuit. Bordeleau said an order from Superior Court Judge Netti Vogel barring access to the jury was not normal procedure for the court.   

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A group of students at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst are challenging the university over restrictions on student rallies, which the students claim are unconstitutional. The group, Young Americans for Liberty, filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court.

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The violence at a far-right rally in Virginia over the weekend and a potential rally in Boston on Saturday are raising questions about hate speech, and whether it is protected under the First Amendment, which also protects the right to assemble. 

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U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse stopped by our studio Friday to discuss a wide range of issues, including the 6/10 Connector, the free speech debate on climate change, the outlook for Hillary Clinton, the plight of the middle class, the threat posed by ISIS, and more.

Locals React to Supreme Court Abortion Ruling

Jun 26, 2014
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The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a Massachusetts law meant to keep protesters 35 feet away from abortion clinics is drawing local reaction.

Rhode Island ACLU head Steve Brown says he thinks the court struck the right balance in this ruling, a balance between the right to free speech and the right to have an abortion. He says the court appropriately noted that clinics have other ways of dealing with protestors who cross a line.

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Brown University is creating a committee to review how a talk by New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly was canceled last week after a noisy protest. Kelly’s critics object to his department’s controversial stop and frisk policy.

Kelly was repeatedly interrupted by students and outside activists when he tried speaking during an October 29 appearance at Brown. The university responded by cancelling the talk and clearing the room where the event was taking place.