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Supreme Court News
A petition for writ of certiorari has been filed in Ingersoll v. Arlene’s Flowers, the case of the Washington State florist who refused to arrange flowers for a same-sex wedding, citing religious freedom and free expression.
Other Court News
A federal judge has blocked Milwaukee’s permit requirements for augmented reality games while a First Amendment suit on the matter is pending.
The ACLU of Rhode Island has sued the City of Cranston, RI, over the town’s panhandling ordinance, which the ACLU says violates the First Amendment. Meanwhile, Columbus, OH has stopped enforcing its panhandling ordinances in order to avoid First Amendment violations.
In another panhandling case, the City of Slidell, LA has decided not to appeal a June district court ruling declaring its panhandling ordinance unconstitutional.
Facebook is arguing in federal court against a court order blocking the company from informing users when law enforcement execute search warrants to view their online information.
A federal district court struck down a California town’s sign ordinance, which allowed special provisions for new businesses and certain holidays, citing Town of Gilbert. Read The Washington Posts’ analysis here.
The Fourth Circuit, sitting en banc, held that prayers before Rowan County, NC Board of Commissioners meetings were unconstitutionally coercive, reversing the ruling of the three-judge panel and upholding the district court’s opinion. Read WRAL’s analysis here.