By Amber Lee; Staff Member (Vol. 15)
Despite increased calls for government transparency, the Sixth Circuit gave the federal government the precedent needed to further withhold information from the public. The Sixth Circuit holding in Free Press II states that an individuals interests in avoiding embarrassment or humiliation outweighs the public’s interest in knowing information. Continue reading
By Jennifer Davis; Staff Member (Vol. 15)
Cindy Got “Bamboozled”
When Cindy Garcia responded to a casting call for a film titled Desert Warrior, she did not object to delivering two innocuous seeming lines while “sounding concerned.” She probably would not have objected when in 2012, the director Mark Youssef, translated the film into Arabic, and perhaps she would not even have objected when Youssef changed the name of the film to The Innocence of Muslims. Continue reading
By Jack Middough; Staff Member (Vol. 15)
“What you’re doing right now is illegal,” yelled former infantry Ryan Berk, in parts both enraged and incredulous, “I’ve worn that fucking uniform and I’ve had friends get killed in Afghanistan wearing that fucking uniform.” Continue reading
By Garrett Rider; Staff Member (Vol. 15)
Over the past decade, racial tension has continued to intensify in response to serious issues involving the mistreatment of African Americans at the hands of our police force. Continue reading
By Katherine Rippey; Staff Member (Vol. 15)
Oscar Wilde once said, “Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” The First Amendment to the United States Constitution is predicated on this concept of individual expression in regards to speech, religion, and even art. This protection of individual consciousness is further protected through copyright laws, where an individual’s work can be protected from duplication in an effort to preserve the creativity and distinct nature of certain products. However, in considering self-expression, it appears contradictory that for your own artistic self-expression you are unable to utilize the works of others as a basis of inspiration.
By John Ferris; Staff Member (Vol. 15)
What is your favorite item of clothing? Whatever it may be, that item of clothing is likely something that has symbolic value to you and it expresses something specific when you wear it. What if you wore that favorite item of clothing to work one day and were promptly told to go home and change because it offended one of your co-workers? Is that reasonable? Doesn’t your co-worker know that your Texas A&M “Aggies” cap doesn’t have any significant offensive meaning and that no one is even sure what an “Aggie” is anyways?
Please welcome the new Volume 15 Staff Members! Congratulations on successfully completing the 2016 Joint Journal Competition, and welcome to the First Amendment Law Review!