In a trio of decisions yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld basic freedoms conferred to us in the Bill of Rights.
The most important of these rulings comes from a case that made its way to the High Court from Mahanay School District here in Pa. A high school girl who failed to make the varsity cheerleading squat vented with vulgarities on Snapchat. She did so, not at school, but off campus. The school suspended her from the team.
In a 8-1 ruling written by Justice Stephen Breyer ruled that a student's off campus speech is generally the responsibility of a student's parents. The school does have an interest in regulating some kinds of off campus speech like bullying or threats.
In a case involving "hot pursuit," a divided Supreme Court ruled that in minor cases, police officers should generally obtain a warrant before entering someone's home. This is a vindication of the Fourth Amendment.
Finally, the court ruled 6-3 that state regulation allowing union organizers to come onto an employer's property in an attempt to speak to workers is an unlawful taking of that employer's private property in violation of the Fifth Amendment. The regulation in question allowed organizers to enter the property three hours per day, 120 days per year. It provided no compensation to the owner.