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January 17, 2018

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Letter to the editor:

Scalia wrong about speech, money

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s inability to distinguish between speech and money was on display for all to see in his recent talk at UNLV. Speaking for the 5-4 majority in the Citizens United case, he equated speech with money, telling the audience that if they didn’t like it, their only avenue of redress is to change the First Amendment.

How absurd. This is tantamount to saying that if a person has enough money, it is perfectly OK to buy a high-tech bullhorn that drowns out opposing speech.

In separating himself from other court originalists who have argued not only for unlimited campaign donations but also for government support of religion, Scalia has said he isn’t ready to go that far. He has said, “I am an originalist and a textualist, not a nut.”

On that last point, the jury is still out.

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