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Can You Record Your Court Proceedings?

Recently in Illinois, a man was ordered to remove Facebook posts encouraging people to record court proceedings. James Weddigan's social media activity earned him charges for contempt of court, which he successfully appealed, The Washington Post reported.

Weddigan won on procedural grounds, meaning that the Illinois high court never addressed free speech on social media or one's right to record court proceedings. Instead, it found that the lower court confused criminal and civil contempt. But the question remains. Can you record any court proceeding?

Laws for Reporters: Can I Record Police and Other People?

Freedom of the press is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution. Still, it doesn't mean journalists can just do anything in pursuit of a scoop. There are rules and even the most dedicated reporter must adhere to them, however devoted to the truth.

Questions about what journalists are allowed to do were recently considered in a reporter's legal primer published by the Columbia Journalism Review. It looked at recording police in public and regular people on the phone, asking how far a reporter can go to get us what we want to know.

3 Election Day Laws to Know

The first Tuesday in November is Election Day, and while most of the country is looking forward to next year's presidential election, many Americans are headed to the polls for everything from state laws, to local ballot initiatives.

Voting laws in the United States have a long, storied, and sometime sordid history, from the "Vote early and vote often" days of the early 1900s, to Bush v. Gore in 2000. Here are three voting and election laws you may need to know on your way to the polls.

Voter Registration Around the Nation: California vs. Alabama

Automatic voter registration is the law in California as of Saturday. The Golden State will now automatically register eligible voters when they obtain a driver's license. Oregon is currently the only other state to provide automatic voter registration.

The California effort to increase electoral participation stands in stark contrast to Alabama, which last week announced the closing of 31 Departments of Motor Vehicles based on budget cuts, a move some say is designed to prevent the state's disenfranchised from registering to vote.

The state of Alabama has never taken too kindly to the Supreme Court's rulings on civil rights. When the Court said the Constitution does not allow for racially segregated schools, then-Governor George Wallace blocked the doors of the University of Alabama. And now that the Court has ruled that the Constitution gives same-sex couples the fundamental right to marry, some Alabama judges are turning to segregation-era laws to avoid issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

This continues Alabama's long history of bristling at federal oversight of its discriminatory laws, and while this may be disheartening for Alabama residents today, we have a good idea of how this will turn out tomorrow.

Kanye West is afraid that 3D printing will kill the shoe industry. Why is Kanye afraid? Maybe because adidas, who makes his Yeezy Boost 350 (which you can get on the second-hand market for a cool $1,000), said it's making a running show with 3D-printed materials. Now enterprising bootleggers might start printing their own Yeezys.

Kanye might be right to worry -- the laws against 3D printing are pretty lax. But there are a few things that are illegal to 3D print.

Hospitals perform all kinds of tests in order to provide necessary medical care. And in some cases, it may be necessary to know what's in a patient's bloodstream before knowing the proper course of treatment.

But what if patients don't consent to a drug test? Or don't even know they're being tested? And are there ethical or legal considerations when turning the results of these drug tests over to police?

Coming out of the Summer break and having completed its Long Conference, the Supreme Court is gearing up for a busy Fall. On the oral arguments calendar for the October term are cases covering juries in death penalty trials, energy consumption incentives, and whether a man who's been in prison over 50 years can be set free.

Here's what you need to know about the biggest cases coming up in the Supreme Court:

Gay marriage "outlaw" Kim Davis got a supporting nod of sorts from the Pope last weekend. When asked about a government official's duties to their office and their personal conscience, the pontiff responded: "I can say that conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right. It is a right. And if a person does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right."

While the Pope didn't reference Davis or her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses specifically, many have interpreted his words as support for the Kentucky clerk's defiance of the Supreme Court. So how do we balance Davis's human right to object to the law with the legal rights of same-sex couples and with her duties to execute the duties of her office?

The struggle for LGBT equality continues, and while there has been some progress in certain areas, like employment, other areas, like housing, have been more resistant to change. As it stands, the federal Fair Housing Act does not specifically include sexual orientation or gender identity protections. But that doesn't mean landlords are free to discriminate against LGBT tenants.

What it does mean is that asserting your rights as an LGBT tenant may be more difficult. Here's a look at the legal protections in place, as well as legal resources for discrimination claims.