Supreme Court Arguments Under Way in Campaign Case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court, in a case involving a film attacking Hillary Rodham Clinton, wrestled Wednesday with the question of overhauling laws restricting campaign spending by corporations and labor unions.

In the arguments Wednesday morning, newly seated Justice Sonia
Sotomayor jumped right into the questioning.

Sotomayor appeared skeptical about taking the far-reaching step of overturning restrictions the court previously has placed on campaign financing. That request was made by a lawyer for a group that made a 90-minute movie attacking Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential ambitions.

The focus of the case will be on whether two conservatives, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, are willing to overrule earlier decisions upholding campaign spending restrictions.

Both justices spoke at length in their Senate confirmation hearings about the importance of abiding by precedents - even if they would have voted the other way had they been involved in an earlier decision.

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