Agency agrees: political expression isn’t fair-housing violation

by Walter Olson on May 25, 2010

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing has agreed to stop investigating citizens on the theory that their political speech in and of itself constitutes a potential violation of housing discrimination laws. I’ve got more on the case at Cato at Liberty. Related earlier here and here.

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1 Richard Nieporent 05.25.10 at 4:50 pm

Why would you expect a government agency to let a little think like the First Amendment constrain its actions? Lord Acton was right. The more power you give to the government the more they abuse it.

2 Jay Markowitz 05.25.10 at 6:05 pm

Of course, is the political expression was FOR the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, they would have had no problem with it.

3 Robert 05.27.10 at 1:11 am

This is truly one of the most astounding stories I’ve seen here in a while. Makes me even more suspicious that the county assessor’s surprise inspection of my business–after I organized a group to fight a parcel tax and made the school district stop using my taxpayer dollars to promote a ballot initiative–was no coincidence….

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