Making a joke of the First Amendment

Originally posted 2007-01-08 14:12:49. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Lawyers don’t do the Constitution any favor when every trifle becomes a matter of litigation — perhaps especially in lawsuits against schools over kids’ “free speech rights” over things like t-shirts. Hear the terror (link fixed!) in an appellate lawyers voice when the Seventh Circuit makes her an example. Via Overlawyered.

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One Response to “Making a joke of the First Amendment”

  1. January 9, 2007 at 3:23 am #

    To me, the joke here is that Ms. Dymkar seeks as injunctive relief that there be no written record that the kids were punished. The school has already said there is no such record. But thanks to this suit, the written record is all over the Internet.

    Ah, Judge Posner just made a related point. In fact, he’s pointing out that the relief she seeks is a restriction on the First Amendment!

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