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Academic Magnet case

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A lengthy legal battle ended last November with a South Carolina judge ruling that City Paper owner Jones Street Publishers was well within their First Amendment rights regarding the paper’s coverage of controversial post-game celebrations by the Academic Magnet High School football team in 2014 and the subsequent firing of the team’s coach. In her summary judgment, Judge Jean Toal, the former Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, found that the City Paper “presented a substantially accurate summary of the facts” as presented by district officials and the opinions expressed by the paper “are a fundamental example of the type of discourse protected by the First Amendment.” This case serves as an excellent reminder to not take your liberties for granted. —Dustin Waters

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