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Friday, April 21, 2023

No standing even if you say obnoxious things

I forgot about the Connecticut attorney challenging a state law prohibiting ridiculing or holding people or groups up to contempt on account of creed, religion, color, and other characteristics. I wrote about the lawsuit 18 months ago, doubting standing based on his private practices of sharing Dave Chapelle videos and making fun of his Italian-American friends. The district court agreed that he faces no credible threat of prosecution, although only after the Connecticut Supreme Court answered a certified question that the statute does not cover private non-commercial conduct.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on April 21, 2023 at 08:46 AM in First Amendment, Howard Wasserman | Permalink


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