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Tag Archives: First Amendment

NY Court of Appeals to Review NJ Man’s Demand for Surveillance Records Held by The NYPD

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As reported in, a man from Paramus heads to New York State’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, today in a potentially precedent-setting case that’s being closely watched by open-government advocates and media companies. Samir Hashmi sought records after reading news reports that the NYPD had secretly monitored Muslim houses of worship and businesses in New York… Continue Reading

3rd Circuit Rules that Citizens Have The Right to Film Law Enforcement Officers

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As reported in the New Jersey Law Journal, in the case entitled Fields v. City of Philadelphia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently joined five other circuits in ruling that the First Amendment protects individuals’ rights to film police officers performing their official duties. The Third Circuit decision involved two civil rights… Continue Reading

The US Supreme Court agrees that Paterson Police Officer’s Demotion Violated his First Amendment Right to Free Speech

Posted in Public Employee Discipline, Public Employment Labor Law
The U.S. Supreme Court sided with former Paterson police officer Jeffrey J. Heffernan and ruled that his First Amendment rights were violated when he was demoted after picking up a campaign sign for the mayor’s opponent.  Heffernan had been demoted after supporters of Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres saw him picking up a campaign sign for challenger Lawrence Spagnola,… Continue Reading

Court Knocks Down Sign Ordinance that Banned Giant Rat Balloon at Labor Rally

Posted in Public Employment Labor Law
On February 5, 2008, in State v. DeAngelo, Docket No. A-73-07, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that a municipality violated free speech rights by banning temporary signs on public streets, including a 10-foot high inflatable rat at a labor protest. This case was the subject of a previous blog entry wherein our office analyzed… Continue Reading