Monday, June 23, 2014

COAST gets second win at High Court


COAST's legal dream team, lead by Chris Finney and Curt Hartman tallied two wins at the U.S. Supreme Court in June.

In both cases, the Court was deciding whether COAST had standing to challenge Ohio's political speech suppressing Political False Statements law.

It was fairly assumed that with the result in SBA List & COAST v. Driehaus, our writ in COAST v. OEC would be Granted Vacated and Remanded (GVR), the Court's expedited process for reversing the lower court based on a new statute or case law. In this instance, our earlier case was that new case law. But certainly, no one expected the Court to move so quickly. Read our Petition for Writ of Certiorari here. Read the Court's entry here.

We fully expect the press and our detractors to trumpet that we are seeking the right to lie. In fact, what we are seeking is the right to unfettered political speech. 

No person, whatever their political views, should have to fear bureaucrats checking over every jot and tittle ready to pounce and declare unfavored political views as "false" and threatening criminal prosecution.

We are proud of our role in fighting this blatantly unconstitutional law.

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