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Supreme Court rejects case of woman ejected from Bush speech
Los Angeles Times / latimes.com ^ | October 12, 2010|9:15 a.m. | By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau

Posted on 10/12/2010 2:55:41 PM PDT by thecodont

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court turned down a lawsuit today against aides to former President George W. Bush for having ejected a Colorado woman from one of his public speeches because her car had a bumper sticker that said "No More Blood for Oil."

By a 7-2 vote, the court let stand a ruling that held the president is free to select his audience at public speeches and to have his aides remove persons who may disagree with him.

Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented, saying the Constitution does not permit officials to exclude persons simply "for holding discordant views."

The Bush White House had a policy of excluding dissidents and protesters from the president's public appearances. In several lawsuits that arose, aides said they wanted to prevent critics from disrupting his speeches.

In the Colorado case, however, there was no allegation that Leslie Weise, a clean-energy consultant, had protested or threatened the president. She had obtained a ticket to an event in Denver in 2005 where the president was due to speak about Social Security. But when aides to Bush learned of the bumper sticker on her car, they had her removed from her seat and escorted away.

She later sued Michael Casper and another official who made the decision to remove her. They admitted afterward that the bumper sticker was the basis for their action.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: colorado; freespeech; gwbush; ruthbaderginsburg; scotus; soniasotomayor
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1 posted on 10/12/2010 2:55:46 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont
Bryer votes correctly? My God!
2 posted on 10/12/2010 2:58:15 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (''I don't regret setting bombs,I feel we didn't do enough.'' ->Bill Ayers,Hussein's mentor,9/11/01)
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To: thecodont

Just as Obama will have the most staged audience in history at tomorrow’s “Townhall” on Mtv


3 posted on 10/12/2010 3:01:09 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: thecodont

Mayor and Ginsberg dissented...get used to it.


4 posted on 10/12/2010 3:03:15 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: Gay State Conservative

He had to, or the precedent would allow “extremist” right-wingers, tea partiers, birthers, and no-longer-working people to show up at Obama events and question his version of the truth. Obama doesn’t like to see white people when he’s reading the teleprompter. It makes him a sad clown.


5 posted on 10/12/2010 3:04:41 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Obama is like a rocket scientist....who's trying to do brain surgery with a hammer.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

How about Elena? How’s that for a shocker!


6 posted on 10/12/2010 3:05:32 PM PDT by mwilli20 (BO. Making communists proud all over the world.)
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To: GeronL

Very interesting. Maybe this was a case of Breyer voting to effectively protect the Obama administration now.


7 posted on 10/12/2010 3:05:48 PM PDT by tellw
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To: mwilli20
How about Elena? How’s that for a shocker!

That's right...I forgot about the *other* empty suit that Hussein nominated.Yes,that,too,is amazing.

9 posted on 10/12/2010 3:08:08 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (''I don't regret setting bombs,I feel we didn't do enough.'' ->Bill Ayers,Hussein's mentor,9/11/01)
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To: tellw

They were holding casting calls for this Townhall to prescreen everyone.


10 posted on 10/12/2010 3:08:35 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: thecodont
Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented, saying the Constitution does not permit officials to exclude persons simply "for holding discordant views."

This is going to come back to haunt those witches.

11 posted on 10/12/2010 3:10:43 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

She looks a lot like Rachel Maddow.

Probably munches like her too.


12 posted on 10/12/2010 3:25:28 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: thecodont
”Photobucket"
13 posted on 10/12/2010 3:26:49 PM PDT by xuberalles ("The Right Stuff" Conservative Novelties http://www.zazzle.com/xuberalles)
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To: thecodont

“Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented...”

Wow, there’s a shocker.


14 posted on 10/12/2010 3:31:38 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: thecodont

Let the two decenters spout anti union remarks at a union hall and see how fast they would be thrown out on their asses.


15 posted on 10/12/2010 3:32:29 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to GOD! Thomas Jefferson)
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To: thecodont

So, if the current regime decides that certain persons are unwelcome at gatherings paid for by the state, simply based on thier political opinions, this is OKAY?

Wow ...


16 posted on 10/12/2010 3:35:57 PM PDT by An.American.Expatriate (Here's my strategy on the War against Terrorism: We win, they lose. - with apologies to R.R.)
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To: thecodont

Funny how some people only think they have the right to free speech, never even giving it a second thought that the person they are exercizing their rights towards, also has the same rights.


17 posted on 10/12/2010 3:39:14 PM PDT by Wee-Weed Up
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To: thecodont

freedom of speech is also freedom to listen. the government has no more right to determine what i am allowed to hear/see/read then it has the right to stifle or shape what i say.

how could this be seen any other way?

taking it a step further, are they saying that i have a right to choose my audience, even if i do not know them? and those i do not choose have no right to hear what i’m saying?

what implications would this have on wiring taping?

(i know, i know. one set for us little people, another for our overlords. i keep forgetting)


18 posted on 10/12/2010 3:43:35 PM PDT by sten
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To: thecodont

It’s not entirely true that the Bush White House had a policy of excluding protesters and dissidents from the President’s public appearances. After all, Bush held press conferences which were the equivalent of walking into a snakepit.


19 posted on 10/12/2010 3:44:49 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: kristinn

does this green-light Code Pink getting frog-marched out of Congressional hearings? be still my heart.


20 posted on 10/12/2010 3:44:51 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("It's amazing, A man who has such large ears could be so tone deaf" Rush Limbaugh 9/8/10)
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