Political Speech for Limited Government

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Ohio Cities Cannot Prohibit Use of Security Alarms

Cincinnati's "alarm tax" violates homeowners’ right to communicate, freedom from double-taxation The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law has moved to invalidate a municipal ordinance that forbids homeowners from protecting themselves with…
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1851 to Supreme Court: Forced Funding of Unions Violates Free Speech

1851 Center Amicus Brief argues that government employees who aren't union members can't be forced to pay hundreds of dollars per year to unions Columbus, OH – The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law petitioned the United States Supreme Court…
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Court: $100 Per Day Fines for Yard Signs Unconstitutional

Ohio city's ban on political yard signs except directly before and after elections violates free speech, property rights August 30, 2017: Toledo, OH - A federal court prohibited an Ohio city from fining citizens who display political yard…
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Should Public Officials Be Held Liable for Violating Ohioans' Rights?

Court considers whether Secretary of State Jon Husted should be required to compensate Ohioans whose First Amendment rights he violated Cincinnati, OH – On Thursday, December 10, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on…
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Ohio Mayor Sues Husband and Wife for $25,000 for Criticizing His Performance

Maple Heights Mayor sues to silence local bloggers for "defamation" and "emotional distress," violating their right to free speech; 1851 files countersuit Columbus, OH - The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law  moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed…
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Legal Centers to U.S. Supreme Court: Declare Ohio Precious Metals Dealers Licensing Scheme Unconstitutional

Act regulates business in response to constitutionally-protected advertising, and prohibits legitimate purchases of gold and silver, but Sixth Circuit bungled ruling Columbus, OH - The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law and the Pacific Legal…

Supreme Court Argument: Are Ohio's Political Speech Regulations Constitutional?

1851 Center amicus brief maintains that political class uses elections commission and its regulations to attack grass-roots citizen activity Columbus, OH - The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus…
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Federal Court: SB 47 Restrictions on Petition Circulation Unconstitutional

Key features of Senate Bill 47 "reform" violate First Amendment speech and associational rights of Ohioans, restrict free trade Columbus, OH – A federal court enjoined the state from enforcing Senate Bill 47's new limits on Ohioans' Initiative…
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Sixth Circuit Oral Argument: Is Ohio's "Precious Metals Dealer Act" Constitutional?

Court considers whether to protect Ohio business owners' right to advertise and sustain invalidation of burdensome regulation of coin dealers Cincinnati, OH - The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments on the constitutionality…
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Legal Center Moves to Protect Ohioans' Initiative and Referendum Rights from Legislative Suppression

Key features of Senate Bill 47 "reform" violate Ohio Constitution and First Amendment speech and associational rights, restrict free trade Columbus, OH – The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today moved in federal court to immediately enjoin…

U.S. Supreme Court Petitioned to Review Ohio PAC Laws

1851 Center asks United States Supreme Court to review Ohio Political Action Committee regulations on behalf of Geauga County blogger's First Amendment rights Columbus, OH - The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law, in cooperation with the…
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Banning Internet Cafes to Benefit Casinos: Unconstitutional and Inadvisable

Attacking politically weak small businesses at behest of influential larger businesses is wrong way for Republicans to begin new legislative session Columbus, OH – The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today emphasized to Ohio's state senators…
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Federal Court: Ohio Precious Metals Dealers Licensing Scheme Unconstitutional

Act regulates business in response to constitutionally-protected advertising, and prohibits legitimate purchases of gold and silver Columbus, OH – A federal court late yesterday ruled that Ohio’s regulatory scheme governing those purchasing…
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Legal Center to High Court: Ohio PAC Laws Violate First Amendment

1851 Center asks Ohio Supreme Court to review Ohio Political Action Committee regulations on behalf of Geauga County Blogger Columbus, OH - The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today applied to the Supreme Court of Ohio for jurisdiction over…
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Federal Court: University of Cincinnati Speech Restrictions on Students Permanently Enjoined

Students supporting “right to work” amendment cannot be arrested for discussing amendment and gathering signatures on campus Cincinnati, OH – A federal court today permanently enjoined the University of Cincinnati’s blanket prohibition…
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Federal Court Enjoins Shaker Heights from Blocking Message of Tax-Increase Opponents

Cleveland, OH - A federal court enjoined the City of Shaker Heights from further harassment of Shaker Heights residents city officials silenced through threat of a frivolous trademark lawsuit. The threat had come in retaliation for the citizens'…
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Legal Center: Shaker Heights Threats to Tax-Increase Opponents Unconstitutional

Cleveland, OH – The 1851 Center for Constitutional Law today filed suit in federal court on behalf of Shaker Heights residents whom city officials threaten to silence through threat of a frivolous trademark lawsuit. The threat comes in retaliation…
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Federal Court: University of Cincinnati Speech Restrictions on Students Unconstitutional

Students supporting "right to work" amendment cannot be arrested for discussing amendment and gathering signatures on campus Cincinnati, OH - A federal court today ruled that the University of Cincinnati's blanket prohibition on student political…
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Legal Centers Move to Protect Rights of University of Cincinnati Students to Petition for Workplace Freedom on Campus

On February 22, 2012, The 1851 Center filed suit in federal court on behalf of UC students prohibited from gathering signatures and simultaneously discussing the Ohio Workplace Freedom Amendment with their fellow students. The legal action,…

Corsi v. Ohio Elections Commission

In an apparent retaliatory action against an outspoken critic, the Geauga County Board of Elections charged independent blogger Ed Corsi with violating campaign finance laws. The elections board forwarded a complaint to the Ohio Elections…