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Rap as a medium of speech is back in front of the Supreme Court for the second consecutive term.  This time the Supreme Court will look at rap as a part of off-campus student speech, and whether defamatory statements made in the rap are constitutionally protected speech.  Huffington Post

Twitter is warning individual users that it believes their accounts may have been hacked by a government agency.  Even messages a 140 characters in length may have enough value to warrant possible unconstitutional searches.  Telegraph

An Asian-American band called “The Slants” is allowed to trademark its name because it qualifies as protected private free speech.  The Court ruled the Lanham Act’s provision giving the government the power to deny a trademark application if it “disparages” persons, institutions or symbols is invalid as amounting to viewpoint discrimination.  NPR

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is determining if the FBI can be held liable for indiscriminately targeting Muslims for surveillance through secretly videotaping and audio recordings.  LA Times

Seattle’s “Gun Violence Tax” at least for now is constitutional, according to a Washington state trial court.  The tax of $25 per gun and 2-5 cents per ammunition sold will be used for programs to prevent gun violence.  Seattle Times

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Joseph Thomas

Joseph Thomas is a licensed attorney in Washington State whose practice includes constitutional and civil rights law.
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