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    :: Tuesday, June 27, 2006 ::
    This year's election law/free speech case, Randall v. Sorrell, produced no majority opinion. The campaign contribution limits in Vermont's Article 64 were struck down, but no progress was made in dismantling the political-speech-restrictive aspects of Buckley v. Valeo.

    Justices Thomas and Scalia, concurring, stuck to their free-political-speech guns, as they did in dissent in the Shrink Missouri case. Justice Alito did not go that far, but didn't shut the door to it. Justice Kennedy, also concurring, placed himself in contemplative isolation. ("Viewed within the legal universe we have ratified and helped create, the result the plurality reaches is correct; given my own skepticism regarding that system and its operation, however, it seems to me appropriate to concur only in the judgment.") The controlling opinion, by Justice Breyer, had little to do with the First Amendment.

    Excellent posts at SCOTUS Blog here and (on the question of the Chief's role) at Election Law Blog here.

    :: David M. Wagner 6:40 PM [+] ::
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