The legendary confrontation between William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow in the Scopes Monkey Trial took place on a hot Monday afternoon in July 1925. But real clash of the cultural titans didn’t exactly match what was later popularized in movies and theater.
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The Supreme Court has released its arguments schedule for its next term, and a big religion case involving the length of a prisoner’s beard is among the first in front of the nine Justices.
Do criminal suspects have First Amendment rights when they engage in alleged fantasy role playing games that include killing and cannibalism of real people? That’s a question one judge recently decided in a sensational trial dubbed the “Cannibal Cop” case by the New York media.
On July 3, 1978, the Supreme Court issued its historic verdict in the George Carlin “seven dirty words” case, a decision that still holds sway over the use of indecent and obscene language on television, and in a new era of mass communications.
Jeffrey Shulman from Georgetown Law says one Philadelphia-area high school’s struggle over using the word “Redskin” in a student newspaper raises some interesting constitutional issues.