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Sonia Sotomayor: Judicial Minimalism and the Court of Last Resort

Last week, we analyzed cases from the Second Circuit, in which Sonia Sotomayor had some part in deciding, addressing the right to free expression. Still the Supreme Court’s role, and Sotomayor’s judicial style make it difficult to make a broad … Continue reading

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Courts favor “Douchebags”; Doninger redux, and the problem of school censorship when it comes to off campus Internet expression

Sonia Sotormayor’s joining Judge Debra Ann Livingston’s decision in the matter of Doninger v. Niehoff doesn’t provide information about her views relating to free expression. The Doninger decision was made in the context of nuanced civil procedure, and law governing … Continue reading

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Student speech under fire under Sotomayor?

Let’s take a look at the implications of Sotomayor’s ruling in the 2008 Doninger v. Niehoff.   This ruling relies on the 2007 Supreme Court decision in Morse v. Frederick, better known as the “Bong Hits for Jesus” case.  Joseph Frederick … Continue reading

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On Sotomayor and censorship: First the bad news…

Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s record of First Amendment cases has been under scrutiny since President Obama nominated her to the Supreme Court last week.  Let’s start with the bad news: In Doninger v. Niehoff (2008)*, Sotomayor was part of a panel … Continue reading

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