Supreme court news…looser restrictions on issues ads near elections…*attention* anyone with a ‘bong hits 4 jesus’ sign

Court allows issue ads near elections

Here’s my favorite part of the article:

The case involved advertisements that Wisconsin Right to Life was prevented from broadcasting. The ads asked voters to contact the state’s two senators, Democrats Russ Feingold and Herb Kohl, and urge them not to filibuster President Bush’s judicial nominees.

Can you guess which way chief justice Roberts & justice alito voted in the matter?

Read the transcripts of the oral arguments here.


Court tightens limits on student speech  

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press Writer 

The Supreme Court tightened limits on student speech Monday, ruling against a high school student and his 14-foot-long “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” banner.

Schools may prohibit student expression that can be interpreted as advocating drug use, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court in a 5-4 ruling.

Read the full article here.

Read the transcript of the oral arguments here.


Over at, Walter Dellinger & Dahlia Lithwick posted their email conversation/commentary on these decisions. Read it here.

 Also, visit SCOTUSblog (Supreme Court of the United States blog) for more commentary and information.


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