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Your vote for president will affect the Supreme Court’s tilts for decades to come

May 20, 2008 Your vote for president will affect the Supreme Court’s tilts for decades to come

Bill of Rights (From public domain.)

On May 19, 2008, the United States Supreme Court affirmed a conviction involving the mere promoting of child pornography, as opposed to the possession or distribution of such material, even if no child pornography is behind the promotion.

Who voted in the five-justice majority in this U.S. v. Williams (May 19, 2008) case? All appointees of Reagan, Bush I and Bush II (Justice Scalia joined by Justices Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito, and Chief Justice Roberts). Who voted in the concurrence, refusing to weaken the First Amendment as much as did the majority? A Ford and Clinton appointee (Justice Stevens joined by Justice Breyer). Who took the just route by dissenting? A Bush I appointee and a Clinton appointee (Justice Souter joined by Justice Ginsburg).

Want to slip further into the dark ages with the Supreme Court? Then vote McCain. The First Amendment? What First Amendment? Jon Katz

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