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Justice Rehnquist and 'The Freedom of Speech, or of the Press'

26 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2005  

Geoffrey R. Stone

University of Chicago Law School

Abstract

After 33 years on the Supreme Court, what can we say about Justice Rehnquist's record on the freedom of speech, and of the press? This paper examines his voting pattern and finds not only that he was by far the justice least likely to support such claims, but also that his approach to these issues was largely unprincipled, result-oriented, and incompatible with any plausible theory of the First Amendment.

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Stone, Geoffrey R., Justice Rehnquist and 'The Freedom of Speech, or of the Press'. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=698443 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.698443

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