FAN 169.2 (First Amendment News) Court grants cert. in three free speech cases — five such cases this term

As listed below, the Roberts Court has rendered rulings in 44 free-speech First Amendment cases. And its eagerness to decide such cases continues. Earlier today, the Court granted cert. in three more free speech cases, this in addition to the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, which will be argued on December 5th, and Janus v. American Federation of State, Municipal and County EmployeesThe three new cases are:

  1.  Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky (Whether Minnesota statute Section 211B.11, which broadly bans all political apparel at the polling place, is facially overbroad under the First Amendment. // lead counsel for Petitioner: Wencong Fa)
  2. National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra (Whether the disclosures required by the California Reproductive FACT Act violate the protections set forth in the free speech clause of the First Amendment, applicable to the states through the 14th Amendment. // lead counsel for Petitioner: David A. Cortman)
  3. Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, Florida (Whether the existence of probable cause defeats a First Amendment retaliatory-arrest claim as a matter of law. //  lead counsel for Petitioner: Pamela S. Karlan)

Comment: Generally speaking, each Court has its constitutional law centerpiece.

  • for the Fuller Court it was Substanive Due Process
  • for the Hughes Court it was the Commerce Clause
  • for the Vinson Court it was, among other things, the Communist-era cases
  • for the Warren Court it was Equal Protection
  • for the Burger Court it was the Criminal Justice counter-revolution
  • for the Rehnquist Court it was Federalism, and now
  • for the Roberts Court it is free-speech freedom under the First Amendment.

Roberts Court Free- Speech First Amendment Cases (from FIRE’s First Amendment online library):

  1. Wisconsin Right to Life v. FEC, 546 U.S. 410 (2006)
  2. Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic & Institutional Rights, 547 U.S. 47 (2006)
  3. Garcetti v. Ceballos, 547 U.S. 410 (2006
  4. Randall v. Sorrell, 548 U.S. 230 (2006
  5. Beard v. Banks, 548 U.S. 521 (2006)
  6. Davenport v. Washington Educ. Association, 551 U.S. 177 (2007)
  7. Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association v. Brentwood Academy, 551 U.S. 291 (2007)
  8. E.C. v. Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc., 551 U.S. 449 (2007)
  9. Morse et al. v. Frederick, 551 U.S. 393 (2007)
  10. United States v. Williams, 553 U.S. 285 (2008)
  11. Davis v. Federal Election Commission, 554 U.S. 724 (2008)
  12. New York State Board of Elections v. Lopez Torres, 552 U.S. 196 (2008)
  13. Pleasant Grove City, UT, et al v. Summum, 555 U.S. 460 (2009)
  14. Washington State Grange v. Washington State Republican Party, 552 U.S. 442 (2008)
  15. Ysursa v. Pocatello Educational Association, 555 U.S. 353 (2009)
  16. Locke v. Karass, 555 U.S. 207 (2009)
  17. Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010)
  18. United States v. Stevens, 559 U.S. 460 (2010)
  19. Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, 561 U.S. 1 (2010)
  20. Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, 561 U.S. 661 (2010)
  21. Milavetz, Gallop, & Milavetz v. United States, 559 U.S. 229 (2010)
  22. Doe v. Reed, 561 U.S. 186 (2010)
  23. Snyder v. Phelps, 562 U.S. 443 (2011)
  24. Sorrell v. IMS Health Inc., 564 U.S. 552 (2011)
  25. Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, 564 U.S. 786 (2011)
  26. Borough of Duryea v. Guarnieri, 564 U.S. 379 (201
  27. Nevada Commission on Ethics v. Carrigan, 564 U.S. 117 (2011)
  28. Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett, 131 S. Ct. 2806 (2011)
  29. Reichle v. Howards, 132 S. Ct. 2088 (2012)
  30. Golan v. Holder, 132 S. Ct. 873 (2012)
  31. Knox v. Service Employees International Union, 132 S. Ct. 2277 (2012)
  32. United States v. Alvarez, 132 S. Ct. 2537 (2012)
  33. Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc., 133 S. Ct. 2321 (2013)
  34. McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, 134 S. Ct. 1434 (2014)
  35. Wood v. Moss, 134 S. Ct. 2056 (2014)
  36. Lane v. Franks, 134 S. Ct. 2369 (2014)
  37. Harris v. Quinn, 134 S. Ct. 2618 (2014)
  38. McCullen v. Coakley, 134 S. Ct. 2518 (2014)
  39. Williams–Yulee v. The Florida Bar 135 S. Ct. 1656 (2015)
  40. Walker v. Sons of Confederate Veterans (2015)
  41. Reed v. Town of Gilbert 135 S. Ct. 2218 (2015)
  42. Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman581 U.S. ___ (2017)
  43. Matal v. Tam582 U.S. ___ (2017)
  44. Packingham v. North Carolina, 582 U.S. ___ (2017)

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