Disregarding the First Amendment or Protecting People from Threats of Violence?

By Britteny Leyva “You never thought that hip-hop would take it this far[.]”[1] On August 21, 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed Jamal Knox’s two count conviction—one for terroristic threats and the other for witness intimidation—for his creation and participation in a song titled “F—k the Police.”[2] Looking to Supreme Court First Amendment precedent, Pennsylvania’s highest […]

The Ramifications of Trump’s “Muslim Ban”

  By Darianne De Leon The topic of immigration and the development of our country’s immigration policy has generally been a back-burner agenda item for the President of the United States.[1] This tendency, however, was drastically different for President Donald Trump.[2] During the election and thereafter, through his use of social media and otherwise, Donald Trump […]

Excited or Incitement? Freedom of Speech on Social Media Platforms

By Katherine Wahl “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”[1] Free Speech is a constitutional right.[2]  The […]

“Fake News” or Just Bad Press: The State of Journalism in Trump’s America

By Hillary Hyduke On November 7, 2018, President Donald Trump revoked the White House credentials of CNN’s chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, because Acosta “failed to ‘treat the White House with respect’ at a White House press briefing.”[1]  The revocation raises questions regarding Trump’s strategy in dealing with press coverage with which he disagrees, […]

Guns and Planes: Georgia, Delta, and the Battle Between the First and Second Amendments

By: Dalal Hillou In response to the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida and the calls for gun control that followed, companies across the United States announced new policies or efforts supporting gun control.[1] Consumers on both sides of the debate threatened to take their business elsewhere and pressured companies into […]