FAN 194.9 (First Amendment News) Ronald Collins Responds to Seidman’s “Can Free Speech Be Progressive?”

News item: Court renders 5-4 opinion in California abortion clinic free speech case — National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra (per Thomas, J., for the majority, Kennedy, J., concurring, and Breyer, J., for the dissent).


Ronald Collins (credit: Bruce Guthrie)

The online dialogue continues over at First Amendment Watch with today’s posting of my response to Michael Seidman’s “Can Free Speech be Progressive?

Additional posts will continue tomrrow:

Wednesday, June 27:              Richard Delgado
Thursday, June 28:                  Mike Seidman:  Rejoinder

Friday, June 29 onward:        Reader responses

Previous Responses 


2017-2018 Term: First Amendment Free Expression Cases

Cases Decided 

  1. National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra
  2. Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission
  3. Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, Florida
  4. Minnesota Voters Alliance

Cert. Granted & Cases Argued 

  1. Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission (argument: Dec. 5, 2017)
  2. Janus v. American Federation of State, Municipal and County Employees(argument: Feb. 26, 2018)
  3. Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, Florida (argument: Feb. 27, 2018)
  4. Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky (argument: Feb. 28, 2018)
  5. National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra (argument: March 20, 2018)
  6. Benisek v. Lamone (argument: March 27, 2018)

Pending: Cert. Petitions 

  1. Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc. v. City of Sandy Springs
  2. Nationwide Biweekly Administration, Inc., et al v. Perez
  3. CTIA v. City of Berkeley 
  4. Harris v. Cooper 
  5. A Woman’s Friend Pregnancy Resource Clinic v. Becerra
  6. Livingwell Medical Clinic, Inc. v. Becerra
  7. Berninger v. Federal Communications Commission

Review Denied

  1. Contest Promotions, LLC., v. City & County of San Francisco
  2. Holmes v. Federal Election Commission
  3. Walker v. N.Y.C. Dep’t of Educ. et al.
  4. Shepard v. Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission 
  5. Morris v. Texas (dismissed for want of jurisdiction)
  6. Connecticut v. Baccala
  7. Tobinick v. Novella
  8. Muccio v. Minnesota
  9. Elonis v. United States
  10. Final Exit Network, Inc. v. Minnesota 

Free-Speech Related Cases: Cert. Granted

  • Carpenter v. United States (Whether the warrantless seizure and search of historical cell phone records revealing the location and movements of a cellphone user over the course of 127 days are permitted by the Fourth Amendment.)

Free-Speech Related Cases: Cert. Pending

  • Blagojevich v. United States (When the Government prosecutes a public official for soliciting campaign contributions in alleged violation of the Hobbs Act or other federal anti-corruption laws, must the Government prove the defendant made an “explicit promise or undertaking” in exchange for the contribution, McCormick v. United States(1991) (emphasis added), as five circuits require, or “only . . . that a public official has obtained a payment . . . knowing that [it] was made in return for official acts,” Evans v. United States (1992), as three other circuits hold?)

Free-Speech Related Cases: Cert. Denied

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