According to decision handed down by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit last week, a decades-old state law prohibiting “begging in a public place” violates the First Amendment’s free speech guarantee.
It's not exactly a big secret that Texas Republicans drew their state's district lines in order to maximize the weight of Republican voters and minimize the voting strength of Democrats. Still, this isn't normally something that a state's top legal officer openly admits to in a brief filed with a federal court.
According to the complaint filed in federal court, Cuccinelli and his chief deputy fired an attorney in the Office of the Attorney General after she was falsely accused of posting a blog comment labeling Cuccinelli an "egomaniac" who "is NEVER in the AG's office and solely uses the position for self-promotion."
The Hallowich family’s gag order is only the most extreme example of a tactic that critics say effectively silences anyone hurt by fracking. It’s a choice between receiving compensation for damage done to one’s health and property, or publicizing the abuses that caused the harm.