Tuesday News

CONSTIUTIONAL RIGHT TO FACEBOOK, TWITTER? SUPREME COURT WEIGHS IN (New York Times) -- A Supreme Court argument on Monday about whether North Carolina may bar registered sex offenders from using Facebook, Twitter and similar services turned into a discussion of how thoroughly social media have transformed American civic discourse. The justices’ remarks, which indicated easy familiarity with the major social media services, suggested that they would strike down the North Carolina law under the First Amendment.

HOUSE DEM LEADER ON HB2 REPEAL: 'NO REFERENDUM AND THERE IS A DEAL' (WRAL-TV) -- House Minority Leader Darren Jackson took to Twitter Monday to describe what he saw as the deal that could potentially resolve North Carolina's long fight over House Bill 2. Cooper and other Democrats who object to House Bill 186 have pointed to a provision that would make any effort by city councils to enact protections for LGBT individuals subject to a protest petition. That would allow opponents to gather signatures and force a referendum on the measure, which would determine whether the local ordinance stays on the books.

SILENCING ADVOCACY THAT IRRITATES STATE LEADERS (Inside Higher Ed) -- The Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina School of Law in Chapel Hill does not disguise its advocacy for minority and low-income people in the state. Now the center’s supporters say it is the target of a proposed UNC system policy change that would prevent academic centers and their employees from filing legal claims, acting as legal counsel or representing others in complaints, motions, lawsuits and other legal actions. Such a policy change would have a devastating impact on academic freedom, as well as on the privately funded center’s work and its ability to prepare students for careers as lawyers, those supporters argue.

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