Saint Mary's Flow Chart Analysis - this up to relaxed...

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Scenario C Charles’s Analysis State action? St. Mary’s denied the request to offer editorial space for the sheriff candidate to defend himself in the news paper. Several St. Mary’s County Sheriff Officers went to roughly 40 stores across the county bought up all copies trying to deny dissemination critical of the Sheriff. Targeting expression? Yes, the sheriff deputy was being scrutinized heavily by St. Mary’s Today who were critical and unfair of him. No, the sheriff officers had intimidated some store workers into selling the entire stock of the newspaper in which it is a conduct law. However, in this particular instance it does restrict speech of St. Mary’s Today press release. I would apply the precedent Miami v. Tornillo and take
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Unformatted text preview: this up to relaxed scrutiny. The sheriff cannot force a paper to print a rebuttal to its editorials. Is there substantial gov't interest? Yes, private entities or newspapers have the right of free press and cannot be forced to silence their opinions. Is the law narrowly tailored? Yes, the government finds those who interfere with the dissemination of press is in direct violation of the First Amendment directly through compelled speech. Ruling: The sheriff and his deputies violated St. Mary’s Today’s First Amendment rights. By restricting the paper's freedom of speech and publishing, this is in direct violation which is unconstitutional to freedom of communication....
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