Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Steve Cooksey, Diabetic Paleo Blogger, Wins Free Speech Fight

From a press release sent by the Institute for Justice:

Last week, the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition voted to adopt new guidelines allowing people to give ordinary diet advice without a government license, thus settling a May 2012 First Amendment lawsuit filed by diabetic blogger Steve Cooksey of Stanley, N.C....

“Last week’s board vote recognizes that North Carolinians do not need the government’s permission to give someone ordinary advice,” said Institute for Justice Senior Attorney Jeff Rowes, who represented Cooksey in his lawsuit. “North Carolina cannot require someone like Steve to be a state-licensed dietitian any more than it could require Dear Abby to be a state-licensed psychologist.

More at Reason.com.

4 comments:

tess said...

WHOOOOOP!!! :-D ...and just when i thought the south couldn't do ANYTHING right....

Lori Miller said...

They got it right...after Cooksey and IJ sued them and made a funny video representing the state as a big, bad dinosaur and Cooksey as a leader among cavemen:

http://ij.org/north-carolina-free-speech-release-2-18-2015

Lowcarb team member said...

So GOOD to read this .......

All the best Jan

Lori Miller said...

It IS good to read this. The state of North Carolina threatened Cooksey with jail and said he couldn't even have private conversations with friends and family about diet.