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N.C. develops plan to regulate drones, including photography limits

By Corey Friedman If loose lips can sink ships, loose language can crash a statewide plan to regulate drones before the first unmanned flying machines even get off the ground. Lawmakers on a special state panel approved a working draft … Continue reading

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Boston police attempt to intimidate blogger

By William R. Toler To paraphrase Carlos Miller, the Glik decision doesn’t seem to be worth the paper it’s written on…or the $170,000 settlement that resulted from it. In the 2011 case brought up in the First Circuit Court of … Continue reading

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Learn, teach the Constitution’s message of freedom

By Corey Friedman A senseless act of terror that killed three people and injured more than 250 others could lead to limits on individual rights that make the “land of the free” less so. A survey gauging Americans’ awareness of … Continue reading

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Activists on tour promoting freedom

By William R. Toler With today marking the 50th anniversary of one of the country’s most well-known speeches from of its most well-known activists, I thought it appropriate to do this piece on several activists that are on tour promoting … Continue reading

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Supreme Court sets up speech zone

By William R. Toler In a somewhat surpising move, the “High Court” made a decision that would have the justices of the 60s choking on their robes: protests are now banned on Court property. An addition was made to the … Continue reading

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Reporter arrest at NAACP protest raises questions

By Corey Friedman Police raised thorny legal questions this week when they arrested a newspaper reporter covering an NAACP-led protest at the North Carolina General Assembly. Tim Funk, a religion writer for the Charlotte Observer, was charged with trespassing and … Continue reading

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Pamphleteer released from jail

By William R. Toler A Florida man arrested in 2011 for pamphleteering has been released from his cage. Mark Schmidter left jail Tuesday after serving 104 days in jail for passing out jury nullification fliers. He was caged for disobeying … Continue reading

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‘Ag-gag’ bill protects animal abusers

By Corey Friedman White feathers are stained with blood. Faceless workers throw turkeys to the ground, slam them into the sides of metal cages and drag them by their necks. The hidden-camera video captured at a Butterball factory farm outside … Continue reading

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Couple cuffed for lit near Liberty Bell

By William R. Toler Oh, sweet irony. A video recently posted on YouTube features a man and woman sitting on the ground near Independence Hall handcuffed for at least 10 minutes. The reason for their detainment: passing out fliers. What’s … Continue reading

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A warrantless witch hunt

By Corey Friedman Terrorists? Check. Spies? Check. Killers, mob bosses and would-be assassins? Check, check and check. But journalists? Federal prosecutors added reporters and editors to the list of people whose phone calls merit monitoring when they covertly seized two … Continue reading

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Student arrested over 2A t-shirt

By William  R. Toler Jared Marcum was suspended and arrested for apparently going dressed to the terror of the public. The West Virginia eighth-grader faces charges of obstruction and disturbing the education process for wearing an NRA t-shirt, according to … Continue reading

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‘Screwed’ again…this time by the court

By William R. Toler “First, he was ‘screwed by the town of Cary,’…Now he’s been screwed by the Fourth Circuit…” That was the reaction of the IR’s Corey Friedman when he heard the news of a appealate court’s decision to … Continue reading

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Read our words: No new laws

By Corey Friedman When the North Carolina General Assembly reconvenes later this month, a flurry of new bills will flood House and Senate committees. Some would add pages to the state’s already voluminous lawbooks, and we’re not convinced that’s a … Continue reading

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Contraception coverage should be companies’ choice

By Corey Friedman Hobby Lobby Stores could be fined more than $1 million per day after the national craft store chain refused to follow a federal requirement to include emergency contraception in its employee health plans. The mandate is part … Continue reading

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Sweepstakes banned…again

By Corey Friedman Sweepstakes centers across North Carolina could be shuttered next year when authorities begin enforcing a law banning video sweepstakes games. Judges had blocked police and sheriff’s deputies from charging sweepstakes operators while a legal battle worked its … Continue reading

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