This court is the strongest First Amendment court in history. The current majority uses the First Amendment as a powerful tool of deregulation that eliminates virtually all government efforts to regulate anything to do with the flow of information.

Burt Neuborne, professor, New York University School of Law, remarking on the recent 5-4 Supreme Court decisions that knocked down regulation of video games in California and the public financing law in Arizona that, perhaps uncharacteristically, provided gap financing from the state between what a candidate had and what their competitor had in an effort to level the playing field. The case brings to mind the metaphor of the marketplace of ideas, Citizens United, and the general controversy around the notion of freedom of speech. Professor Neuborne had filed a brief backing the Arizona public financing law: via Bloomberg, Scotus Blog

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