Sarah Mahmood  //  5/14/17  //  Topic Update


A reporter in West Virginia was arrested after persistently questioning Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price about the AHCA (NYT, The Hill).

  • The ACLU called the arrest an assault on the First Amendment, saying “[w]e need journalists to be able to challenge and question public officials”.
  • Debra Cassens Weiss also reported on the incident (ABA Journal).
  • Sharona Coutts spoke with the reporter, who claims that the charges alleged in the criminal complaint against him are trumped up (Rewire).

Stephen Colbert’s controversial comments about President Trump are protected under the First Amendment, argues Brian Hauss (ACLU).


Updates | The Week of January 22, 2018

1/28/18  //  Daily Update

Hundreds of thousands of people participated worldwide in Women's Marches on Saturday, protesting the first year of the Trump administration and supporting women's rights.

Updates | The Week of January 15, 2018

1/14/18  //  Daily Update

President Trump vows to strengthen libel laws after the release of Fire and Fury.

Zachary Piaker

Columbia Law School

Updates | The Week of December 18, 2017

12/24/17  //  Daily Update

A federal district court in Michigan has upheld a right to display signs depicting aborted fetuses. Environmental Protection Agency employees who publicly criticized the Trump administration had their e-mails scrutinized by a Republican campaign research group.