October 31, 2014

Supreme Court Watch: Speech Supreme

Sophia M. Stadnyk

It’s been a gratifying Term for Supreme Court watchers. Although the contraceptive mandate decisions (Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and the others) dominated the headlines and generated the most forceful debates, the Court was also called on to balance government interests against competing claims of personal freedom and speech: the freedom not to be subjected to a government’s “favored” religion, the freedom to use traditional public spaces for expressive speech, the freedom to give truthful testimony without fear of retaliatory employment actions, and the freedom from searches of one’s “privacies of life” stored on a cellular phone.

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