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4th Circuit Haikus: First Amendment Edition

Having trouble keeping up with the 4th Circuit’s binding precedent? The Op Shop is here to help, with the court’s published opinions paraphrased to the size of a haiku poem. This edition covers recent First Amendment rulings.

Forcing signage on

Pro-life centers, Baltimore

Overplays its hand.

Greater Baltimore Ctr. for Pregnancy Concerns v. Mayor & City Council of Baltimore (Jan. 5, 2018)


An inmate lost his

Religious meals for a year.

No reason. Reversed.

Carter v. Fleming (Jan. 8, 2018)


Students showed standing

Because they could face arrest

For obnoxiousness.

Kenny v. Wilson, (Mar. 15, 2018)


License denial

For future law-breaking is

A prior restraint.

Am. Entertainers LLC v. City of Rocky Mount, N.C. (Apr. 27, 2018)


Maintaining order

Could trump officers’ right to

Subversive group texts.

Cannon v. Village of Bald Head Island, N.C. (May 30, 2018)


Laws that ban PETA’s

Undercover tactics work.

That’s a concrete harm.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Inc. v. Stein (June 5, 2018)