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Voter eligibility and voter fraud have been big topics over the past few elections, with voting rights and voter ID laws seemingly in constant flux. One of the ways in which some states try to maintain accurate lists of eligible voters is by culling its voter rolls of people who fail to appear at the polls and who then fail to respond to a notice.

U.S. Navy veteran and Ohio resident Larry Harmon was one such person, who found out he had been culled after going to his local polling place to vote in 2015. Harmon had been removed from Ohio's voter rolls because he hadn't voted in 2009 and 2010 and then, despite living at the same address for more than 16 years, had not responded to a notice from the state elections board to confirm his eligibility. Harmon sued the state, but the Supreme Court yesterday decided the practice was legal under federal elections laws, paving the way for other states to similarly purge their voter rolls.

Everyone who's attended or worked for UC Berkeley is accustomed to the regular protests conducted on campus. Every day brings a new cause, a new chant, and new protest signs. But only groups like the Occupy Wall Street movement take their crusades to the next level and try to set up camp.

After one Occupy group pitched their tents on Berkeley's campus in 2011, university police used tactics the protestors claimed amounted to excessive force. After years of duking it out in court, a panel of federal judges ruled in favor of the campus cops, although the protestors are prepared to take the case to the Supreme Court if necessary.

Student Suspended for Pro Border Wall Shirt Sues -- and Wins

The immigration debate is certainly not confined to talking heads, shouting matches in the street, and uncomfortable discussions at family gatherings. High schoolers are also engaged in the discussion (although it often hardly looks like a discussion, even among adults). However, when one student expressed his views with a pro border wall t-shirt at school, he was suspended. While his free-speech lawsuit against the school is pending, he's at least won a partial victory in court.

Free Speech Includes Inmate's Right to Silence, Court Rules

Freedom of speech is one of those things that sounds simple enough in theory, but gets more complicated and intricate the more it's applied to real life. It doesn't mean you can say anything you want to, and saying something might be perfectly acceptable in one setting, but off limits in another. But have you thought about whether or not the First Amendment also gives you the right to say nothing at all? One court recently held that free speech includes an inmate's right to silence.

Conservative Videos Weren't Censored by YouTube, Judge Rules

There's a reason freedom of speech is in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution -- it's pretty central to the essence of being American. So, if that freedom starts to erode, you can bet we're going to hear about it. One group feels that their First Amendment rights have been violated in the form of online censorship. Conservative Prager University sued Google for discrimination regarding their YouTube videos. However, the judge disagrees with those claims.

Title VII Bans Sexual Orientation Workplace Discrimination

Employers are prohibited from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation. That's the ruling of the federal 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, based in New York, which has held that such discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It's a major decision that makes a potential Supreme Court decision on the matter more likely.

Tinder Pricing Discriminated Against Users Over 30, Court Rules

Your dating app might be discriminating against you. And no, we're not talking about the people who swiped left on you. A recent ruling from the California Court of Appeal concludes that the dating app Tinder unlawfully discriminated against users on the basis of age, swiping right on a class action lawsuit against the company.

Last month, researchers from the Electoral Integrity Project scored North Carolina's overall electoral integrity at 58/100, placing it alongside the likes of Cuba, Indonesia, and Sierra Leone in terms of fostering free and fair and democratic elections. Not exactly the best of company. So bad, in fact, that those in charge of the study didn't consider our twelfth state a democracy.

While North Carolina was lacking in terms of legal framework and voter registration, the main points of contention were its voting district boundaries. "North Carolina is not only the worst state in the USA for unfair districting," according to the EIP, "but the worst entity in the world."

It seems a federal court in North Carolina agreed, ordering the state to redraw its congressional map. It marks the first time a federal court has blocked a state's congressional map because of partisan gerrymandering.

While the matter of Masterpiece Cakeshop was argued before the Supreme Court in December, a ruling as yet to be issued. And in the meantime, the Oregon Court of Appeals decided another case of bakers refusing to provide a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, upholding a $135,000 fine against Aaron and Melissa Klein for discrimination under state law.

It was the third ruling against the Kleins' now-closed Sweet Cakes by Melissa, but its validity could depend on what the Supreme Court does this term.

As the Supreme Court said in one of the seminal free-speech-in-school cases, "It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate." So if students still have First Amendment rights on school grounds, what about speech that takes place outside of school? And do "likes" on social media posts fall under freedom of speech protections?

A student at a high school in the Bay Area started a racist Instagram account, and had other students interacting with the posts. A federal judge just ruled that the school could discipline those students for their social media activity, even off-campus.