When students study the issue of reporter's privilege they will understand why the courts and legislatures still struggle to define this protection, more than 150 years after the first American reporter was jailed for refusing to reveal a source.
Recent Supreme Court decisions generated surprising controversy, from gun control to First Amendment issues. In 2011, the Court will weigh in on cases dealing with the hiring of illegal immigrants, protests at soldiers' funerals, and selling violent video games.
A classroom discussion on the release of secret diplomatic cables by the WikiLeaks website can lead to important questions about the First Amendment, the Espionage Act, and press treatment of national security secrets.
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