Funniest amicus brief ever

by Walter Olson on March 3, 2014

It’s actually on a serious subject: can a state (Ohio) purport to ban false, exaggerated or “truthy” speech about candidates, or does that impermissibly chill speech protected by the Constitution’s First Amendment? My colleagues Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus and Gabriel Latner co-authored it on behalf of political humorist/Cato fellow P.J. O’Rourke in the pending SCOTUS case of Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus. Read it here, alongside Ilya Shapiro’s summary, and here’s David Lat of Above the Law calling it the “Best Amicus Brief Ever.

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1 great unknown 03.03.14 at 7:19 pm

Thanks to footnote 15, we’re about to discover whether or not the Chief Justice has a sense of humor. Or remorse.

2 John Burgess 03.03.14 at 7:48 pm

“…but it certainly isn’t as truthy as calling a mandate a tax.”

Yep, they went there.

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