The FIU bridge collapse this past March was a terrible tragedy. Investigators are still trying to piece together what happened to prevent another such occurrence in the future. As a part of this, FDOT has been working with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), providing them with documentation regarding the construction of the bridge. While those two organizations have been conducting their investigation, the press has been reporting on it and updating the public on […]Continue Reading
The Repeal of Net Neutrality: Will It Impact Free Speech on the Internet?
At the end of 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to end net neutrality. Many were outraged. Some celebrated. But I imagine most people simply didn’t know what it all really meant or how the change would impact their Internet experience. Let’s start by explaining the concept of net neutrality. What Is Net Neutrality? Communications companies regulated by the Federal Communications Commission, such as telephone companies, must follow a law that requires them to treat […]Continue Reading
The Difference Between Speech and Press: Where They Do and Don’t Overlap
Freedom of speech and freedom of press are covered by many of the same laws. And both concepts are covered under the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Together, they can be referred to […]Continue Reading
Will Sun Sentinel Face Consequences for Revealing Redacted Info on Nikolas Cruz?
After the Parkland shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, there was an investigation into how effectively the school district provided counseling and education services to shooter Nikolas Cruz in the months leading up to the horrific crimes he is charged with—murdering 17 students. When the investigation report was prepared, news media organizations—fulfilling their function to report on government operations and effectiveness—pushed to obtain copies of the report. The judge on Cruz’s case agreed that […]Continue Reading
Judge Confirms: You Can Be Fired for Flipping Off the President without Violating Your First Amendment Rights
At the end of last year, I shared about the case of Juli Briskman, who was photographed flipping the bird at President Trump’s motorcade. Her company, which oversees government contractors, fired her after she shared the photo on social media. Briskman then filed a wrongful termination claim. Now we know the outcome of that claim. As I expected, freedom of speech did not help Briskman get her job back. The First Amendment protects us from […]Continue Reading
Supreme Court: Our Right to Criticize and Petition the Government Remains Fundamental
From the earliest days of our Nation, criticizing government officials without retribution has been a hallmark of the freedoms our Founders determined as essential to our democracy. At the same time, those who serve in public office deserve respect and must be able to conduct the public’s business in an orderly manner. When these two principles are in conflict, which one prevails? That’s one of the questions the U.S. Supreme Court was asked to consider […]Continue Reading