Skip to comments.Supreme Court rejects case of woman ejected from Bush speech
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.
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Just as Obama will have the most staged audience in history at tomorrow’s “Townhall” on Mtv
Mayor and Ginsberg dissented...get used to it.
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.
How about Elena? How’s that for a shocker!
Very interesting. Maybe this was a case of Breyer voting to effectively protect the Obama administration now.
That's right...I forgot about the *other* empty suit that Hussein nominated.Yes,that,too,is amazing.
They were holding casting calls for this Townhall to prescreen everyone.
This is going to come back to haunt those witches.
She looks a lot like Rachel Maddow.
Probably munches like her too.
“Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented...”
Wow, there’s a shocker.
Let the two decenters spout anti union remarks at a union hall and see how fast they would be thrown out on their asses.
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?
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.
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)
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.
does this green-light Code Pink getting frog-marched out of Congressional hearings? be still my heart.
The group had tickets to the event from the office of Representative Bob Beauprez, a Colorado Republican, and Ms. Weise said they had said or done nothing to cause a disturbance. She did say they had contemplated protesting beforehand, and wore "Stop the Lies" T-shirts under their clothes, but in the end decided not to. So why the T-shirts?
"It was just a feel-good thing," Ms. Weise said. "It's silly."
What’s the ruling when EVERYONE that disagrees is not allowed and the only crowd is hand picked numbskulls ?
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.""unless of course it's done proactively, such as the way Obama's aides preselect all attendees to all his public appearances. And of course, any Democrat is also good to go."