Free Speech and Other First Amendment Issues: Essays, Articles, Pro-Life Abortion Clinic Counselor Trial Documents, Tract, and Books by Jerald Finney


Documents from Steve Drake Trial
Jerald Finney was Defense Counsel and Appellate Attorney

State v. Steve Drake (Sidewalk Counselor at Abortion Clinic Charged with Violating Sign Ordinance of Austin TX). Steve was found guilty at trial but the Appeals Court reversed and ordered Acquittal. Constitutional issues and arguments covered freedom of speech in the public forum:

Appellant’s (Steve’s) Appeal Brief
State’s Brief
Appellant’s Reply to State’s Brief
Judgment of Appeals Court
Trial Court Finding of Not Guilty
Trial Court Letter to Steve’s Attorney

Free Speech in the Public Forum: Street Preaching

Online example of police violating the rights (either ignorant of the law or intentionally) of a street preacher with my comments giving legal resources, etc.

Tract: Street Preaching in America – Is It Legal?

Sample United States Supreme Court quote from a case cited in the above tract: “Accordingly a function of free speech under our system of government is to invite dispute. It may indeed best serve its high purpose when it induces a condition of unrest, creates dissatisfaction with conditions as they are, or even stirs people to anger. Speech is often provocative and challenging. It may strike at prejudices and preconceptions and have profound unsettling effects as it presses for acceptance of an idea. That is why freedom of speech, though not absolute, Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire is nevertheless protected against censorship or punishment, unless shown likely to produce a clear and present danger of a serious substantive evil that rises far above public inconvenience, annoyance, or unrest. See Bridges v. California, 314 U.S 252, 262; Craig v. Harney, 331 U.S. 367, 373. There is no room under our Constitution for a more restrictive view. For the alternative would lead to standardization of ideas by legislatures, courts, or dominant political or community groups. …”

Click here to go to “Court Cases of Interest” which has links to cases – including recent Supreme Court cases which came after the above linked tract, “Street Preaching in America – Is It Legal?” was written – which continue to strongly uphold freedom of speech and, for example, show that the job of law enforcement is to protect those exercising their First Amendment freedoms in the public forum, not those who would deny speech which is offensive or hurts their feelings.

Street Preaching: Legal Issues

Essays and Articles

Featured Article: The Legality of Door-to-Door Evangelism


An Abridged History of the First Amendment

Click here to go to the history of how America got its First Amendment. Every American should know this. Both Christian and Secular mainline sources have lied to us about this matter, but the record is clear, which honest research proves.


God Betrayed (from Amazon) [Click cover at left or click here to go to] (Available from in both softback and Kindle); Xulon Press Quickest way to get the book since Xulon prints the books for all booksellers; (Xulon Press; Barnes and Noble)(PDF)(Online verson – updated and revised)(CLICK HERE TO GO TO DOWNLOADABLE AUDIO SERIES ON GOD BETRAYED)
Click here to go to “Study Guide for God Betrayed.” This book is now available for the special price of $15.00 plus $4.00 S&H from Jerald Finney, 532 1st Street SW, Faribault MN 55021; 512-785-8445. Click here for free updated, revised online edition or God Betrayed.

frontcoverpictureThe Trail of Blood of the Martyrs of Jesus/A Case of Premeditated Murder; Christian Revisionists on Trial; Christian History of the First Amendment    available from in both Kindle and paperback) (Xulon Press – Xulon is the quickest way to get order since Xulon prints and sends to other booksellers once books ordered by bookseller)(Barnes and Noble)(Preview). Click here to go to PDF of all the book except the Introduction and Section I. Section II, “The History of the First Amendment” is in the PDF.

Churches under Christ Ministry Website: Understanding and Applying God's Principles for Church Headship "Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ" (2 Corinthians 11:1-3). ————————————This Ministry is under the authority of Charity Baptist Tabernacle of Amarillo, Texas. Jerald Finney, a Christian Lawyer and member of Charity Baptist Tabernacle, having received this ministry in the Lord, explains how a church in America can remain under the Lord Jesus Christ and Him only. "As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen" (1 Peter 4:10-11; See also, Ephesians 4::1-16 and 1 Corinthians 12:1-25). "Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it" (Colossians 4:17). "And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church" (Ephesians 1.22; See also, e.g. Colossians 1:18).

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