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Constitutional Law II Unprotected Speech - Part I
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Fall 2006 Con Law II 2 Theories of  1 st  A md   Interpretation Congress shall make no law  … abridging  the freedom of speech, or of the press…”  Strict textualism Hugo Black: absolute protection for speech Rejected by Court in 2 respects: What speech is protected? How much is it protected?  Categories Unprotected Protected Less Protected perjury, libel  obscenity, © ? qualified, not absolute, right: what  degree of state interest is sufficient  to suppress speech?
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Fall 2006 Con Law II 3 Framework for Analysis 1. Is Government regulating speech? expressive or non-expressive activity? If non-expressive, apply minimal scrutiny If expressive,  2. What level of protection? Is there a hierarchy of protected speech? 3. Apply appropriate scrutiny Compelling/important ENDS Narrowly tailored/substantially related MEANS
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Fall 2006 Con Law II 4 Content-based / Content-neutral Nearly all speech acts occur in context e.g., picketing, parading Government can regulate the non-speech  component upon lesser showing of need E.g., no parades during rush hour Is regulation “anti-speech”  or  “non-speech” Based on content? If the answer to this question: “Can I engage in  “Depends on what you are saying,” Then, you have an anti-speech restriction
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Fall 2006 Con Law II 5 Finding the Level of Protection Manner of Speech Pure speech Unprotected; Lower protected; High ordered speech Mixed speech Symbolic speech; speech coupled with action Type of Regulation Suppression Special case: Prior restraint Forced speech Special case: Government speech Non-speech regulation
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Fall 2006 Con Law II 6 Introducing 1 st  Amend Balancing Categorical balancing Certain categories (subjects) of speech are 
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2010 for the course LAW LAW5502 taught by Professor Stern during the Spring '10 term at Florida State College.

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