Judge dismisses defamation suit against Kansas City Star

July 11, 2019
On July 2, 2019, a Kansas district judge threw out a defamation suit against The Kansas City Star brought by Kansas Sen. Majority Leader Jim Denning, which The Star had argued violated its First Amendment rights as a publisher.According to news reports, Denning and his lawyer failed to prove the “actual malice” threshold required for defamation set out by the Supreme Court in its landmark 1960 free speech case New York Times vs. Sullivan. Kansas also has an additional state …

School district demands prior review, threatens job of adviser over profile in student publication

May 3, 2019
Administrators with the Lodi Unified School District in California demanded a student newspaper adviser submit an article for review prior to publication, under threat of discipline and dismissal. The latest edition of Bear Creek High School’s student newspaper, The Bruin Voice, is set to include a profile of an 18-year-old student who is active in the porn industry. “This young woman has quite a story to tell,” the paper’s adviser, Kathi Duffel, told The Washington Post. “She has every right …
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