Category Archives: First Amendment

Revisiting Smith v. Maryland, the Case that Allowed the Bulk Collection of America’s Phone Calls

by Matthew L. Schafer Setting the Scene On March 5, 1976, just a few months before the nation’s bicentennial, Michael Lee Smith robbed Patricia McDonough, and, as a result, he would fundamentally alter the Constitution of the nearly 200 year … Continue reading

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Fourth Circuit Orders Reporter to Testify as to Source of National Security Leaks

by Matthew L. Schafer Just days after a Department of Justice report sought to “safeguard[] the essential role of a free press in fostering government accountability and an open society,” the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of … Continue reading

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Is Greenwald a Journalist and Does It Even Matter?

Note:  This is the second part of a multiple part series about the ability of the government to prosecute journalists for receiving and disseminating national security information.  It comes in response to increasing public musings about the prosecution of journalists … Continue reading

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