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Supreme Court Will Review Ohio Law Criminalizing ‘Lies’ About Politicians
Cybercast News Service ^ | January 22, 2014 - 3:33 PM | Barbara Hollingsworth

Posted on 01/23/2014 9:00:41 PM PST by Olog-hai

The U.S. Supreme Court announced on January 10th that it will consider a First Amendment challenge to an Ohio law that makes it a crime to “lie” about political candidates, which a pro-life PAC says was used to censor its political speech during the 2010 mid-term congressional election. […]

The lawsuit was sparked by an Ohio State Election Commission ruling that there was probable cause that four billboards SBA List planned to put up in former Congressman Steven Driehaus’ district during his reelection campaign were “malicious lies” under Ohio’s False Statement Law. Fourteen other states have similar laws on the books.

The billboards accused Driehaus, who campaigned as a pro-life Democrat, of voting for tax-funded abortions when he voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). …

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; abortion; liberalagenda; scotus

1 posted on 01/23/2014 9:00:42 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

I have always argued there is a First Amendment Freedom of Speech right to lie.

Not that I follow it, because I follow the 10 Commandments.


2 posted on 01/23/2014 9:02:41 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Olog-hai

Wow. If we had some Conservative judges, the Dems would really be in trouble on this one. Sadly, they have pretty much packed the courts and their judges don’t rule against them, just us.


3 posted on 01/23/2014 9:05:47 PM PST by originalbuckeye ("A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue;)
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To: Olog-hai

It needs to be a crime for “lawmakers” to tell LIES about the taxpayers in the TEA Party!


4 posted on 01/23/2014 9:06:39 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare. The "global warming" of healthcare plans.)
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To: yldstrk

That redounds to the whole point the Founders made about private morality and religion. If “lies” are suppressed, so is truth by default.


5 posted on 01/23/2014 9:06:51 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

How about lies out of the mouths of 98% of the politicians?


6 posted on 01/23/2014 9:07:59 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Olog-hai

>> The billboards accused Driehaus, who campaigned as a pro-life Democrat, of voting for tax-funded abortions when he voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

What lie?


7 posted on 01/23/2014 9:08:13 PM PST by Ray76 (How modern liberals think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c)
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To: yldstrk
I have always argued there is a First Amendment Freedom of Speech right to lie.

I am pretty certain there is recourse to such "Speech" via libel. Sounds to me like Ohio politicians don't want to spend the money defending their lies legally and claiming libel (probably because they can't defend themselves).

8 posted on 01/23/2014 9:08:22 PM PST by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Yeah . . . funny how that’s not addressed. Only the character of politicians is unassailable by perceived “lies”.


9 posted on 01/23/2014 9:09:12 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

More than likely we don’t have prison cells enough for the corrupt vermin in DC.


10 posted on 01/23/2014 9:10:27 PM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: ExTexasRedhead

They keep pushing too hard, someone will find little “cells” in the ground for them. They already look weak to the rest of the world, so it’s not out of the consideration of any other country with animosity towards the USA to start trying.


11 posted on 01/23/2014 9:12:17 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Ghost of SVR4

>> politicians don’t want to spend the money defending their lies legally and claiming libel (probably because they can’t defend themselves).

DING! DING! WINNER!!!


12 posted on 01/23/2014 9:13:16 PM PST by Ray76 (How modern liberals think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c)
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To: Ray76

When did politicians become royalty?


13 posted on 01/23/2014 9:17:15 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Ray76

Exactly.

Quite a change has come over the People’s Republic of Ohio.


14 posted on 01/23/2014 9:21:30 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Politicians are liars - make that illegal!


15 posted on 01/23/2014 9:34:11 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: presently no screen name

All liars are equal, but some liars are more equal than others . . .


16 posted on 01/23/2014 9:35:19 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

ALL Political speech is Constitutionally protected free speech. Even lies...

Well, it used to be, until the Radical Socialist Obamunists took over.


17 posted on 01/23/2014 10:42:10 PM PST by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: Olog-hai
All liars are equal, but some liars are more equal than others . . .

Yes, well, I always thought Washington DC was a bit of an animal farm anyway.

18 posted on 01/23/2014 11:00:51 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71 Msgt USAF, ret)
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To: Olog-hai

Hard to defame a public figure.


19 posted on 01/23/2014 11:13:45 PM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: Ray76

A truth straight from the lips of God.


20 posted on 01/23/2014 11:15:08 PM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: Olog-hai

how about lies told BY politicians?


21 posted on 01/24/2014 2:46:34 AM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Ray76; Olog-hai; RobbyS

At the time of the vote abortions were not covered.

Long story, but no other organization can claim as much credit for the passage of ObamaCare as the National Right to Life (NRTL).

They, almost solely, are responsible for the mess we are in today.


22 posted on 01/24/2014 5:37:58 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (Over production, one of the top 5 worries for the American Farmer every year.)
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To: Ghost of SVR4
Sounds to me like Ohio politicians don't want to spend the money defending their lies legally and claiming libel (probably because they can't defend themselves).

For a public figure to sue for libel, the plaintiff must show the statement was false AND malicious. If the statement can plausibly be shown to be true, the plaintiff loses.

23 posted on 01/24/2014 5:44:44 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Abortions were not covered only because Obama issued an executive order against them. This instead of incorporating the Hyde Amendment. Obama. of course, did not keep his promise.


24 posted on 01/24/2014 6:47:59 AM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

You beat me to it.

The nerve of politicians wanting to prosecute for us lying to or about them.
How about a law that makes politicians subject to prosecution for lying to the people?

Let’s start there and see where it goes.


25 posted on 01/25/2014 11:56:59 AM PST by Clump ( the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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