Oct. 20, 2017
First Amendment pressure points?
Various historical drivers created our near-absolute free speech protections; will contemporary forces - fake news, terrorism, hateful rhetoric - weaken them? Zachary Price (UC Hastings College of the Law) discusses doctrinal weak points these phenomena could threaten
This week we'll chat with Zachary Price, constitutional scholar and UC Hastings College of the Law Professor, about his forthcoming law review article Our Imperiled Absolutist First Amendment. Price traces our free speech doctrine's historically-determined rise to near-absolutist dimension, and wonders whether the vexing contemporary problems of fake news, hateful rhetoric, and terrorism could find doctrinal pressure points causing a reversal in the trend.
We'll also hear from Blaine Evanson, litigation partner with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, who will unpack the week's biggest SCOTUS cert grant in U.S. v. Microsoft.