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Monday, June 24, 2013

Court grants cert. in abortion-protest case

Although it has not been "lost" amid the commentary about the Court and affirmative action, the Court's decision to grant review in McCullen v. Coakley -- a case involving restrictions on pro-life speech around facilities that provide abortions -- is a potential big deal.  Here's a run-down on the case by the superhuman folks at Scotusblog, and here's a link to the amicus curiae brief that was filed on behalf of me and several other constitutional-law scholars urging the Court to take the case.

http://mirrorofjustice.blogs.com/mirrorofjustice/2013/06/court-grants-cert-in-abortion-protest-case.html

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Catholic University's Professor Mark Rienzi spearheaded this litigation.

Posted by: CLS | Jun 24, 2013 3:49:13 PM

Yup -- and Prof. Kevin Walsh, at Richmond, wrote the brief. Great work!

Posted by: Rick Garnett | Jun 24, 2013 3:53:11 PM

Prof. Eugene Volokh supported another case involving protests outside of a church that was not granted cert. This does sound like a potentially important case. As shown by the funeral protest case, special care must be taken to guard against 1A limitations, including against speech many find distasteful. Ideological opposites will surely join as amicus here given the principles apply for other causes too.

Posted by: Joe | Jun 25, 2013 1:09:10 AM