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1st Amendment – Freedom of Speech, Press, & Assembly Speech, Press, & Assembly are very important personal freedoms for many Americans. Your role in this scenario will be as an outside observer attempting to uphold the law. Sometimes you will be protecting speech, press, & assembly freedoms & sometimes you will not. Either way, find me 15 examples of these freedoms & explain if what is being done is legal or not using pages 73 (freedom of speech) – 80 (right to keep & bear arms). Briefly explain the violation & why the action in the scenario was correct. If it was not correct, please explain why. You must use the scenario below for this assignment. Any correct examples beyond 15 will be two bonus points each. 30 point assignment. The Scenario – Due by 5pm on Friday, May 8th We knew it was going to be a tough day because of the pending weather. The national weather service was predicting almost two feet of snow, everyone was concerned about the roads & electricity, & there was an election we had to execute as well. To be proactive, Mayor Peter scheduled additional plows & salt for the roads, emergency service personnel, & required all newspapers to print all shelter locations & evacuation routes. Hopefully, this would help. Mayor Peter has always been controversial & his weather policies were no exception. Bernard, the leader of the “Snow on the roof, fire in the furnace” interest group, suggested in television interviews Mayor Peter should just encourage people to stay home & let Mother Nature do her thing. Bernard argued this was a waste of taxpayer dollars because nothing could really stop or limit a storm of this magnitude. Because there was some truth to this, Mayor Peter required Adam, the leader of the “Blow my Snow” interest group to receive equal tv time for his opposing viewpoint interviews. It was the least the network could do since Mayor Peter had purchased so much campaign ad time which was being broadcast during every commercial break of the coverage. The “Blow my Snow” members did receive their tv time, & argued life & elections must go on & government has a responsibility to clear the way for its citizens. Of course, the news media also covered Mayor Peter’s alleged affair with Trix – a local prostitute. Numerous news outlets were camped outside the Mayor’s office in City Hall peacefully yelling questions about both the snow & Trix to anyone resembling the Mayor. Reporters went to the courthouse because feminist groups were gathering in the snow to protest the criticism Trix was facing as a prostitute. Two feminist activists, Kaitlyn & Nina, peacefully chanted “More bookie, less nookie” to draw attention to the fact Trix’s lack of education almost forced her into a career of prostitution. They chanted peacefully until they were arrested by the police. Others gathered outside the jail where Trix was detained. Christina, a college protestor, led a group in burning bras & men’s shoes initially as a symbolic protest against prostitution, but eventually just to keep warm. This all appeared to be legal until the protestors got really cold & Robert burned an American flag right on the jail grounds. Things literally heated up then because the fire was bigger & police arrested everyone for this decidedly un-American display. As you can imagine, all of these arrests received very negative media coverage & concerned the residents living in the area. Molly, who lived right across the street from the police station, was angered because of the police actions. She attached twenty feet of Christmas lights on her roof in the shape of an extended middle finger & pointed this in the direction of the police. Although Molly argued she had an absolute free speech right, she was arrested because the police argued this was hate speech. The police also argued free speech does not apply when no words are spoken. This only led to more people entering the downtown area. Of course, after seeing people arrested for protesting on the jail grounds, these new protestors took to the streets. This seemed legal until Chelsea, a McDonalds truck driver, could not reach her downtown delivery location for her frozen meat. Maybe it was the importance of McDonalds or aggravation with the protestors, but the police again began to arrest the people peacefully protesting in the street in front of the jail. Needless to say, McDonalds did receive its frozen meat that afternoon. So, the snow was falling heavier, the jails were filling, & the afternoon television shows were debating the situation in the city. Mayor Peter was receiving heavy criticism in all news outlets. Mayor Peter, sensitive to all the criticism, claimed the media needed to follow the Sullivan Rule. In other words, stop criticizing the elected officials & simply focus on covering the storm & the rescue efforts if necessary. Heidi, an investigative reporter for the local newspaper wrote a story for the next day’s paper suggesting all these arrests were distracting the police. If the electricity failed, according to a confidential source, it would be easy for most of the banks in town to be robbed because of inadequate security. When Mayor Peter got word of this story, he immediately ordered the story to not be published to protect the money, the banks, & the community generally. Heidi published the story anyway – which infuriated the Mayor. Although no robberies were committed, the Mayor demanded Heidi’s confidential source. When Heidi did not provide it, she was immediately arrested the next day. Now remember, there was still an election happening too. Many of the campaign organizers were overjoyed. People were glued to the television news coverage, so they were seeing ads either telling you to vote for someone or telling you to vote against someone. Keith, an enthusiastic albeit sometimes misguided Socialist, ordered thousands of dollars of coffee & began giving it to people protesting downtown. He thought he could spend as much as he wanted on Election Day & to keep the protestors warm. Mayor Peter made certain this would be reported to state election authorities. Once the protestors were warmed up with Keith’s coffee, they once again began to protest – although it was not clear exactly what they were angry about. Marinete was smoking hookah outside the polling place by her car when she accidentally lit her voter registration card on fire. Soon everyone waiting outside the polls was burning their voter registration cards too, which only made the process of voting in a blizzard more difficult to verify. Since nobody was injured & everyone was peacefully sharing Marinete’s hookah by her car, the police did not administer any arrests. As night fell & the snow piled up, maybe the biggest bombshell exploded. David, the Mayor’s 15 year old Boy Scout son, was reported as having been arrested for soliciting Trix – just like his father! Mayor Peter protested saying this kind of story should not be published because it is “harmful to minors” – just like Potter Stewart said years ago. He further said television broadcasts were reporting libel against both he & David. Despite these protests, the story continued to be broadcast. Mercifully, this was the final conflict of the day, but we still have to count the votes & dig out from under the snow. ...
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