Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

We expect orders from the March 24 conference on Monday at 9:30 a.m. There is a possibility of opinions on Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, March 29.
On Monday the court hears oral argument in Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton. Ronald Mann has our preview.
On Monday the court also hears oral argument in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC. Ronald Mann has our preview.

Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett

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Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
10-238 9th Cir. Mar 28, 2011
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Jun 27, 2011 5-4 Roberts OT 2010
 
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Holding: Arizona's matching funds scheme, which provides additional funds to a publicly funded candidate when expenditures by a privately financed candidate and independent groups exceed the funding initially allotted to the publicly financed candidate, substantially burdens political speech and is not sufficiently justified by a compelling interest to survive First Amendment scrutiny.

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Judgment: Reversed, 5-4, in an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts on June 27, 2011. Justice Kagan filed a dissenting opinion, which was joined by Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, and Sotomayor.

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