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Category Archive: First Amendment

A Gag Order By Manafort Judge Would Violate Free Speech & Fair Trial

 A federal judge hinted in court, in the high profile Mueller prosecution of ex-Trump campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, that she may issue a gag order on their counsel. This prior restraint on the free speech rights of the only person qualified, capable and most inclined to effectively and publicly defend two men whose reputations have been under…Read More

Barnes Law files suit against Fusion Reporter for Defamation of Cassandra Fairbanks

Today in federal court Robert Barnes filed suit on behalf of pro-Trump journalist and political activist Cassandra Fairbanks of Big League Politics and formerly of Sputnik News. The complaint alleges that Emma Roller, a journalist for Fusion, defamed Fairbanks when Roller tweeted a photo that Fairbanks posted on social media following a White House press…Read More

Strickland Sentenced Today; Robert Barnes to Handle Appeal.

A sentencing report prepared for Judge Thomas Ryan recommends no prison time for Michael Strickland, though the judge could ignore the report. Strickland never has posed a threat to anyone, even the day he was forced to draw his weapon to defend himself against an onslaught of Portland Black Bloc outfitted anarchists and the ironically…Read More

Battle over “First Amendment Defense Act” looms.

President Trump is no stranger to pushing buttons.  Anyone that has read “The Art of the Deal” knows that he sees himself as the negotiator willing to do what it takes to win the battles he chooses to fight.  To those ends, his first few weeks in office have been entertaining if nothing else. The…Read More

Remind me, is free speech good or bad?

Last week the media was hyperventilating over the perceived injustice of President-elect Trump suggesting that people who burn the flag should be punished.   That sort of censorship, many believe, would be an affront to the First Amendment, no matter whom was offended by the behavior.  This week, in a totally non-ironic turn of events, some…Read More

Are Safe Spaces Killing the First Amendment?

Justice Holmes wrote that ‘’To allow opposition by speech seems to indicate that you think the speech impotent, as when a man says that he has squared the circle, or that you do not care whole-heartedly for the result, or that you doubt either your power or your premise…the ultimate good desired is better reached…Read More

How the Grinch stole Twitter, and made a first amendment case.

On November 29th, President-elect Trump tweeted that “Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”[1] I picture him sitting atop Trump tower, high above Whoville with a sly Grinchian smirk creasing his lips, as his thumbs masterfully…Read More

Selfie Schtick

One could argue, I believe successfully, that what has lead us to the 2016 election is that of a society dominated by appearance over substance.  The argument would advance the theory that same sort of idolatry that elevated the Kardashians also supports viewing political candidates through a similar troubling lens.  That lens is one that…Read More

Iowa State University sued in First Amendment case.

In court documents filed on October 17, 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, Robert Dunn, a student,  alleges that faculty and administrators at Iowa State University punish student speech that is expressly acknowledge as protected by the First Amendment. Dunn is being represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a…Read More

Regulation through harassment.

Here is the scenario.  Bob Bennie was a private business man working in a government regulated business.  Bennie was an outspoken Tea Party advocate and Obama administration critic.  Government regulators got Bennie fired from his job in the financial sector, and Bennie sued. His argument is that state regulators violated the First Amendment by retaliating…Read More

SNIPES FACED 16 YEARS IN PRISON UNTIL BARNES' DEFENSE LED THE JURY TO CLEAR SNIPES OF SERIOUS TAX CHARGES. HE IS THE THIRD CLIENT OF BARNES' WHO OBTAINED A STUNNING MAJOR OUTCOME WHERE THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FAILED TO WIN CONVICTIONS.

The New York Times

February 2
"Wesley Snipes cleared of serious charges"

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