Supreme Court Agrees to Reconsider Citizens United

Ginsburg, Breyer think Montana ruling will be a chance to reverse decision

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 9, 2012 9:32 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The Supreme Court has agreed to take a case that justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer say will give it a chance to rethink its infamous Citizens United v. FEC decision. The court is being asked to look into a Montana Supreme Court decision stating that its law restricting corporate election spending in state elections is fine, because it "arises from Montana history," UPI reports. Essentially, Montana is arguing that Citizens United only applies to federal laws and elections, not state ones.

Two Montana corporations are asking the court to make a summary judgment to the contrary; their lead counsel argues that otherwise, "free speech will be seriously harmed," because states anywhere could "ban core political speech." But Ginsburg and Breyer earlier wrote that the case "will give the Court an opportunity to consider whether, in light of the huge sums currently deployed to buy candidates' allegiance, Citizens United should continue to hold sway."

The US Supreme Court Building is seen in this March 31, 2012 photo on Capitol Hill.
The US Supreme Court Building is seen in this March 31, 2012 photo on Capitol Hill.   (Getty Images/AFP)
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