Updates: Volume IV, Issue 2
My Declaration Of Independence
On April 6, Criminology Professor Mike Adams (Volume II, Issue 2) of the University of North Carolina Wilmington won a decisive victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which ruled that his speeches and columns on matters of public concern are fully protected by the First Amendment.
A lower court had earlier determined that Dr. Adams’ speeches and columns on matters of public concern were not protected by the First Amendment and instead constituted "official" speech as part of his job duties. But, on appeal, Alliance Defense Fund attorneys representing Dr. Adams argued that he had been denied a promotion at his university, simply because officials there were hostile to his religious and political views.
The Fourth Circuit concurred with that argument, finding that Adams’ columns and speeches constituted protected, private speech and that university officials could be held personally liable for damages should Adams ultimately prevail in the case (which may yet be further appealed).
Will Chaplains Lose Their Religious Liberty?
On March 4, ADF attorneys filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of eight groups representing military chaplains (Volume IV, Issue I), who are urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to reverse a district judge’s decision to strike down part of a federal military readiness law (commonly referenced as "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell") that prohibited openly practiced homosexual behavior in the armed services.
ADF attorneys contend that the district court was not legally qualified to dismantle a law created by the previous Congress.