Fourteen federal appellate judges spent more than two hours talking about high school pranks on Thursday as the 3rd Circuit sat en banc to consider a pair of cutting-edge First Amendment cases brought by students suspended for ridiculing their principals on MySpace. While the legal issues in the two cases appeared identical, the courts have so far reached opposite conclusions -- both at the trial level and on appeal. The nature of the cases -- and the ribald speech at issue -- made for spirited arguments.
3rd Circuit Mulls Student Suspensions for MySpace Postings
The Legal Intelligencer
June 4, 2010