Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Elena Kagan Did Not Respect the Constitution 14 Years Ago- There Is No Reason To Expect More from Her Now

Two quotes below from a CNS post about Elena Kagan, almost 15 years ago trying to construct a rationalization for ignoring the First Amendment.

Elena Kagan, "expressed that idea in her 1996 article in the University of Chicago Law Review entitled, “Private Speech, Public Purpose: The Role of Governmental Motive in First Amendment Doctrine.”"
"In her article, Kagan said that examination of the motives of government is the proper approach for the Supreme Court when looking at whether a law violates the First Amendment. While not denying that other concerns, such as the impact of a law, can be taken into account, Kagan argued that governmental motive is “the most important” factor.

"In doing so, Kagan constructed a complex framework that can be used by the Court to determine whether or not Congress has restricted First Amendment freedoms with improper intent.

"She defined improper intent as prohibiting or restricting speech merely because Congress or a public majority dislikes either the message or the messenger, or because the message or messenger may be harmful to elected officials or their political priorities."

I am afraid that this is the most least radical nominee we can expect from President Obama.

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