POLS 206 21011

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POLS 2/10/11 Freedom of Expression -Libel and Slander -Libel: the publication of false or malicious statements that damage someone’s reputation -Slander: the same thing, only spoken instead of printed -New Your Times v. Sullivan (1964): statements about public figures are libelous only if made with reckless disregard for truth -Private individuals have lower standard to meet to win libel lawsuits -Symbolic Speech *-Definition: nonverbal communication, such as burning a flag or wearing an armband -Generally protected along with verbal speech -Texas v. Johnson (1989): Burning the American flag is symbolic speech protected by the first Amendment Freedom of Assembly -Right to Assemble -Generally permissible to gather in a public place, but must meet reasonable local standards, such as fire codes and apply for permits -Balance between freedom and order -Right to Associate -Freedom to join groups or associations without government interference -NAACP v. Alabama (1958) Right to Bear Arms -Common National, State, and Local Gun Laws
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