First Amendment

Dominique Ray
ADOC

A federal appeals court has blocked the planned execution of an Alabama inmate to consider whether the state was violating the Muslim inmate's rights by not allowing an imam to replace a Christian prison chaplain in the death chamber.

The 11th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay for 42-year-old Dominique Ray, a day before his scheduled execution for the slaying of a teenager more than two decades ago. The Alabama attorney general's office had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate the stay and let the execution proceed Thursday night.

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker will have his own day in court after all.

U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins recently ruled against dismissing Justice Parker’s contention that certain state restrictions on judges' speech violate their First Amendment rights.

A Huntsville school district's plan to use students' social media posts to justify disciplinary action or expulsion raises serious First Amendment concerns, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama.

Last week, the Huntsville City Schools system updated its safety guidelines to allow the superintendent to monitor students' public social media accounts if they have a history of violence or gang activity, or if their behavior endangers students and employees.