Damon Root: Ohio Silences Political Speech, Gets Hauled Before Supreme Court


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The Supreme Court will hear oral argument this month in the free speech case Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus. As Senior Editor Damon Root explains, the case arose on account of an Ohio law which makes it a misdemeanor offense to make "false" statements about political candidates. Who gets to decide what counts as false? Who else? A state agency staffed by political appointees endowed with the power to selectively silence political speech.