First Ammendment

First Amendment expert Mike Merriam says K-State's heavily redacted 11-page response to a newspaper's open records request highlights shortcomings in the state's open records law.

The Topeka Capital-Journal filed a request seeking more information on the process that went into crafting Governor Sam Brownback's budget proposal. The newspaper asked for all emails between K-State's Institute for Commercialization President Kent Glasscock and state budget director Shawn Sullivan from November through late January.

The U.S. Justice Department is challenging a ruling that an abortion opponent's letter saying someone might place an explosive under a Wichita doctor's car is constitutionally protected speech.

The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division filed a brief notice Thursday, saying it will appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals a federal judge's summary decision that Angel Dillard's letter was not a "true threat" under the law.

The Justice Department sued Dillard in 2011 under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.