Friday, March 7, 2014

Amicus Curiae join the fight for the First Amendment

The nearly four years' long battle against Ohio's political speech police was recently joined by forty-six friends of the court who filed nineteen separate amicus curiae briefs in our Supreme Court case, SBA List & COAST v. Driehaus, et al. - every one of them in support of the SBA List and COAST.

The amici are a veritable who's who of free speech, limited government and civil liberties organizations (and one of America's pre-eminent humorists) including the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Library Association. It is comforting to know that no matter these groups' divergent political views, they all hold the Constitution dear.

The complete list of amici filings we have received thus far:

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
American Civil Liberties Union
1851 Center for Constitutional Law
Government Integrity Fund
Alliance Defending Freedom
American Booksellers Association
American Booksellers Foundation For Free Expression,
American Library Association, Association Of American Publishers, Inc.
Comic book Legal Defense Fund
Freedom to Read Foundation
Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association
Mountain & Plains Independent Booksellers Association
Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
Annie Bloom's Books, Changing Hands Bookstore, Inc.
Harvard Bookstore, Inc.
Paulina Springs Books
Powell's Bookstore, Inc.
Schuler Books & Music
Tattered Cover, Inc.
The King's English, Inc.
Weller Book Works
Village Books
Dark Horse Comics, Inc.
Student Press Law Center
United States of America
Southeastern Legal Foundation
Institute for Justice 
Reason Foundation
Individual Rights Foundation
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists
Review and Herald Publishing Association
Pacific Press Publishing Association
Christian Legal Society
National Association of Evangelicals
National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
Queens Federation of Churches and Institutional Religious Freedom
Citizens United
Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence
Center for Competitive Politics
Bioethics Defense Fund
Justice and Freedom Fund
First Amendment Lawyers Association
Cato Institute
P.J. O'Rourke

COAST will be posting an "Amicus of the Day" over the next few weeks to highlight each of the arguments made in the briefs. Check out today's brief here

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