Nationally recognized attorney Frank LoMonte is executive director of the Joseph L. Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, a non-profit educational center addressing issues around freedom of information, libel, privacy, prior restraints, “Sunshine” laws, access to courts and other First Amendment issues. LoMonte was the former executive director of the Student Press Law Center and specializes in issues around freedom of information, First Amendment and Media Law.
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Supreme Court sides with high school cheerleader in free-speech dispute over profane Snapchat rant
The Washington Post online
The decision left many questions unanswered, but Frank D. LoMonte, director of the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida, called it “surprisingly good.” “What’s really important about the decision is what the Court did not do,” LoMonte, former director of the Student Press Law Center, wrote in an email. The justices did not say that “speech becomes punishable just because it’s about the school or just because it causes people at school to have a strong emotional reaction. And they did not declare that sports or extracurricular activities are some type of Constitution-free-zone where you waive all of your rights as a condition of participating.”
New Course Brings Down Barriers to Local Public Records for All Clevelanders
Frank LoMonte, director of the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida, said that role traditionally has been played by journalists. However, there are fewer and fewer journalists around to do that kind of accountability work. “Ordinary civilians who don’t self-identify as journalists are going to have to step up and help fill that information gap,” he said.
A cheerleader’s Snapchat rant leads to ‘momentous’ Supreme Court case on student speech
The Washington Post online
“This may seem like a very narrow case about a minor temper tantrum on Snapchat, but it is about speech anywhere and everywhere, by students of all ages,” said Frank LoMonte, director of the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida.
What's in the anti-riot law and how will it play out? Brevard could be first to know
Florida Today online
Frank LoMonte, an attorney and director of the University of Florida's Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, said that any abuse would result from police deviating from what he reads as the intent of the law. "If the police read the law and if the state's attorney reads the law, they will see that news coverage is not what the law pertains to, but it certainly opens up a risk that, especially a thin-skinned person or a person balking at being the topic of news coverage could at least attempt to get the police interested in bringing a case," he added.
Proposed limits on e-communication for Florida prisoners raise censorship fears
Orlando Sentinel online
While prisoners have less protection against censorship, Frank LoMonte, the director of University of Florida’s Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, said the proposed rule is overly broad — and especially concerning during the pandemic.