Justice Ginsburg reviews the term

by on July 30, 2011  •  In Supreme Court

Justice Ginsburg may not be the funniest Justice (see text at n. 15), but this partly whimsical speech she gave describing the term just ended proves that she has a sense of humor. More seriously, she comments on the most significant opinions of the past year, including Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett. In this case, the Court struck down a state law that provided matching funds for candidates who accepted the limitations of using public funds for their campaigns and who were being outspent by privately-financed candidates. Ginsburg joined a dissent by Justice Kagan that would have upheld the law. Her succinct explanation: "All the democracy money can buy, I believe, is not what the First Amendment orders."


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