Justice Kennedy and the First Amendment

Houston Law Review Off the Record, Vol. 9, pg. 49 (2019)

9 HLRe 49 (2019)

Belmont University College of Law Research Paper No. 2018-37

12 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2018

Date Written: November 13, 2018

Abstract

This essay reviews some of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s most significant contributions to First Amendment jurisprudence. These include his calls for absolute protection for pure political speech, his strong protection for commercial speech, his distaste for campaign finance reform laws that censored speech, his general concern for the silencing of sexual expression, his coercion test in Establishment Clause cases, and his significant failure in the public-employee free-speech decision Garcetti v. Ceballos.

Keywords: Justice Anthony Kennedy, United States Supreme Court, United States Constitutional Law, First Amendment jurisprudence

Suggested Citation

Hudson, David L., Justice Kennedy and the First Amendment (November 13, 2018). 9 HLRe 49 (2019); Belmont University College of Law Research Paper No. 2018-37. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3283969

David L. Hudson (Contact Author)

Belmont University - College of Law ( email )

1900 Belmont Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37212
United States

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