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Monday, June 25, 2007

The Roberts court

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2007 at 6:27 PM

Bad and getting worse at the Supreme Court.

But does anybody see the contradiction here from the right-wingers who dominate the court?

By 5 to 4, the court ruled that an anti-abortion group in Wisconsin should have been allowed to broadcast ads before the 2004 race for the United States Senate in that state. In its ruling today, the high court opened a significant loophole in the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, familiarly known as the McCain-Feingold law, to curb donations to campaigns.

Writing for the majority, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said that, when regulating what can be said in a campaign and when it may be said, “the First Amendment requires us to err on the side of protecting political speech rather than suppressing it.”

In another 5-to-4 ruling involving free speech, the court ruled today against an Alaska high school student, finding that educators can prohibit student expression that can be interpreted as advocating drug use.

In the Alaska case involving free speech, the court found that a high school principal and school board did not violate a student’s rights by punishing him for displaying the words “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” on a banner across the street from the school as the 2002 Olympic torch parade went by.

This court errs on the side of anti-abortion speech; against student speech, particularly by a student who uses Jesus to spoof authority and anti-drug craziness.

UPDATE: For the folks who got fired up last night on the topic, a more detailed analysis of the "bong hits" ruling. Like I indicated, the storm troopers don't like kids who challenge school authority, particularly when it comes to drug messages. For a lighter tone, Wonkette gets it about right.

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