Supreme Court to consider privacy for ballot petition signers

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The Supreme Court hears a case today seeking to determine if the free speech rights of people who sign a ballot petition are violated if those names and addresses are publicly disclosed. In the case of Doe v. Reed, people who signed a ballot petition to end same-sex domestic partnerships argue they will be subject to harassment and retaliation if the state allows their personal information to be disclosed. Today’s case is just one of several the Supreme Court is hearing regarding the constitutional scope of free speech and the First Amendment.

We talk with Dahlia Lithwick, senior legal correspondent for Slate, about Doe v. Reed and the how the Roberts court may leave a mark on the rights of free speech and expression as it continues to hear more cases pertaining to the First Amendment.

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