Judge Confirms: Oregon Engineer Has a First Amendment Right to Call Himself an Engineer

A federal judge has ruled that the Oregon Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying violated the First Amendment when it tried to fine Mats Järlström—an Oregonian with a degree in engineering and years of experience in the field—for describing himself as “an engineer.” In a ruling issued Friday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Stacie F. Beckerman issued a permanent injunction against the board’s enforcement of the relevant rules, which had included trying to fine Järlström $500 for describing himself as an engineer in a non-professional context.

Source: Judge Confirms: Oregon Engineer Has a First Amendment Right to Call Himself an Engineer

[Eugene Volokh] Unconstitutional “Hate Speech” Prosecution in New York

“[SUNY] Purchase College student Gunnar Hassard was arraigned in Harrison Town Court for Aggravated Harassment in the First Degree, a class E felony, for hanging posters with Nazi symbolism in areas of the campus.” The Westchester County D.A.’s office announced: [SUNY] Purchase College student Gunnar Hassard was arraigned in Harrison Town Court for Aggravated Harassment in the First Degree, a class E felony, for hanging posters with Nazi symbolism in areas of the campus….

Source: [Eugene Volokh] Unconstitutional “Hate Speech” Prosecution in New York

Judge Threatens Censorship After Newspaper Reveals Bureaucratic Errors in Parkland Lead-Up

The South Florida Sun Sentinel ‘s reporting on sensitive information about Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz was “shameful,” a circuit court judge said yesterday. Earlier this month, the Sun Sentinel obtained a confidential Broward County School Board report on Cruz, who murdered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which he used to attend, on February 14.

Source: Judge Threatens Censorship After Newspaper Reveals Bureaucratic Errors in Parkland Lead-Up

N.J. Court Orders Google to Vanish Plaintiff’s Photo — Published at the Chicago Tribune — From Search Results

[1.] In Malandrucco v. Google , Hudson County (N.J.) Presiding Judge Jeffrey Jablonski has issued a remarkable and unusual temporary restraining order: He has commanded Google to de-index [an] “explicit” post-assault image from searches of “Greg” and “Gregory Malandrucco” and/or “Malandrucco” and has forbidden Google from continuing to permit the display of the subject image.

Source: N.J. Court Orders Google to Vanish Plaintiff’s Photo — Published at the Chicago Tribune — From Search Results

Former President Obama Criticizes Leftist Shutdown Culture

In a speech commemorating Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, former President Obama condemned “strongman” politics and the rising tides of nationalism. Coming just a day after President Trump’s humiliating presser with Vladimir Putin, in which Trump appeared to have gullibly swallowed Putin’s obvious lies about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, many will see Obama’s remarks as a thinly veiled criticism of his successor.

Source: Former President Obama Criticizes Leftist Shutdown Culture

Is Membership in a Conservation Organization Proof of Criminal Intent to Harm Cattle?

This afternoon I will present an important First Amendment issue to the Utah Court of Appeals about the extent to which membership in an organization can be used as proof of criminal intent. The question arises out of a criminal prosecution launched by San Juan County prosecutors against Rose Chilcoat and Mark Franklin, who were camping in southern Utah a little over a year ago.

Source: Is Membership in a Conservation Organization Proof of Criminal Intent to Harm Cattle?