Friday night topic: The Court guts free speech

— 5:49 PM on December 12, 2003

When constitutional jurisprudence took a turn for the bizarre in classifying pornography and God-knows-what-else as protected speech under the First Amendment, we were told that a broad interpretation of protected speech would serve to keep our core freedoms intact. But this week's Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance limited just the sort of speech the First Amendment was actually created to protect: political speech. Now, the right to Hustler is sacred, but a citizen's group may not run ads to persuade voters about the issues on the eve of an election. What in the world?


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