1st Amendment Rights Take Front Seat in Terrorism Ruling

A federal judge in Manhattan yesterday invoked the First Amendment’s protections of free speech and freedom of association to strike down part of a new law that she said went too far in legalizing such detentions. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest, ruling in Hedges v. Obama, said a provision of the law permitting detention of U.S. citizens has a “chilling impact on First Amendment rights.” The First Amendment Center analyzes the move