Free speech roundup

by Walter Olson on June 6, 2014

  • “Tenured Wisconsin Prof Sues Former Student Over Online Comments on Her Teaching” [Caron/TaxProf]
  • Recent Paul Alan Levy profile: “The web bully’s worst enemy” [Washingtonian] HHS signals it won’t pursue case against blogger [Levy, earlier] Arizona Yelp case angle [Scott Greenfield]
  • Get your ideas out of town: threats against hotel “have escalated to include death threats, physical violence against our staff and other guests” [Deadline Detroit; "men's rights movement" conference]
  • UK police investigate Baptist church after “burn in Hell” sign reported as “hate incident” [Secular Right]
  • Please don’t give him ideas: “Should it be against the law to criticize Harry Reid?” [Trevor Burrus, Boston Herald]
  • “MAP: The places where blasphemy could get you punished” [Washington Post]
  • Only three states – Wisconsin, Michigan, and Kansas — have laws inviting vengeful secret John Doe probes [Ilya Shapiro, earlier]

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1 wfjag 06.06.14 at 12:05 pm

RE: “Tenured Wisconsin Prof Sues Former Student Over Online Comments on Her Teaching”

From the article:

“Many professors dislike instructor review websites, saying they attract disgruntled students in particular and thus offer a skewed – but very public – account of their teaching abilities.

Sally Vogl-Bauer, a tenured professor of communications at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, doesn’t dispute that students retain the right to exchange opinions about professors online. But in a civil suit . . ”

Makes you wonder if she holds The Barbra Streisand Chair of Foolish Communication Strategies ? [Hint to Prof -- But for your suit, your ex-student and his comments would have soon been forgotten. When a Prof sues a student (even one deserving it), every First Amendment Wonk in America -- and there are a lot of those in Academia -- will learn and remember your name].

2 Anonymous Attorney 06.11.14 at 9:01 am

Re: threats against hotel shut down men’s rights conference:

American Renaissance, a white advocacy group, faced the same thing a few years ago. A conference set with hundreds of attendees and speakers from across the country and Europe was canceled by the hosting hotel because of violence threats. There was zero press coverage and zero interest by law enforcement. Imagine an NAACP conference meeting the same fate.

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