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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Will: First Amendment vs. Arizona Law

"For the first Amendment and its friends, this has been a fine year. It began with a less-than-momentous but welcome Supreme Court ruling that Barack Obama called “devastating to the public interest.” And last week the court agreed to rule on the constitutionality of a state campaign-finance law patently designed to decrease the amount of political speech Arizonans can hear. Schemes for rationing and suppressing such speech continue to crumble.
During the Jan. 27 State of the Union address, television showed Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito murmuring “not true” when Barack Obama told the nation something that was not true. Six days earlier, the court, in the Citizens United case, ruled that because the First Amendment proscribes laws limiting political speech, it proscribes laws that outlaw independent candidate-related advocacy by groups of Americans organized as corporations. The court had held in 2007 that the First Amendment protects issue advocacy by corporations.

The president had to know he was deceiving the nation when he said this “reversed a century of law.”"

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