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Three Recent Cases: Alvarez, 281 CARE, and SBAL

  • Robert N. Spicer
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Abstract

This chapter focuses its attention on three important, recent cases dealing with deception and political speech. The chapter looks at three important arguments: (1) we should have some concern about how these decisions contribute to the caricature of free-speech absolutism, (2) we should think critically about the idea that a self-correcting marketplace of ideas will be able to effectively weed out misinformation, disinformation, and even purposeful and calculated lies, and (3) there is the idea that “everything worth saying shall be said” and the argument that acts of deception might not fall under that umbrella of protection. This chapter will discuss these arguments through an examination of three important, recent cases in political deception: U.S. v. Alvarez (2012), 281 CARE Committee v. Arneson (2013), and Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus (2016).

Keywords

U.S. courts U.S. Supreme Court First Amendment jurisprudence Marketplace of ideas 281 CARE committee v. Arneson Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus Stolen valor U.S. v. Alvarez 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert N. Spicer
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  1. 1.Millersville UniversityMillersvilleUSA

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