On Monday, the SCOTUS ruled that the anti-woman hate-group Susan B. Anthony List has legal standing to challenge a state law that prohibits lying about political candidates. The decision reverses the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling, which sided against the group.
In 2010, the group wanted to put up a billboard accusing then-Ohio Representative Steven Driehaus of using taxpayer money to fund abortions when he voted for Obamacare. Despite the claim being transparently false, the state did nothing to stop it. Even when Driehaus complained to state officials saying that it ran afoul of the campaign lies law, the state sat on its laurels. The billboard company refused to run the ad and prompted the liars at the SBA to sue the billboard company, claiming that the lies law had a “chilling effect” on freedom of speech.
The Supreme Court agreed.
In a unanimous ruling written by Judge Clarence Thomas, the court said that the liars demonstrated a “sufficiently imminent injury” and therefore its First Amendment case against the campaign lies law would be allowed to move forward, despite Driehaus no longer being in Congress. Thomas wrote that, “the question in this case is whether their preenforcement challenge to that law is justiciable—and in particular, whether they have alleged a sufficiently imminent injury for the purposes of Article III. We conclude that they have,” and the court adding that “the threat of future enforcement of the false statement statute is substantial.”
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