on Mar 25, 2011 at 10:35 am
On Monday the Court is scheduled to hear oral argument in the consolidated campaign finance cases Arizona Free Enterprise Clubâ€™s Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett and McComish v. Bennett. At issue is whether states are prohibited from giving candidates who have accepted state campaign funding additional funding Â to compensate for large amounts of spending against them by privately funded candidates or independent groups. At Slate, Richard Hasen explores the possible tension between â€œthe â€˜more speech is betterâ€™ theory underlying Citizens Unitedâ€ and a ruling by the Court that â€œmore speech is unfairâ€™â€ in McComish.
At the Huffington Post, Fatima Goss Graves discusses the potential implications of the Courtâ€™s ruling in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, the class-action/gender-discrimination case scheduled for oral argument on Tuesday; Ariane de Vogue of ABC News also previews the case.
Earlier this week, the Court heard oral argument in Turner v. Rogers, concerning indigent parentsâ€™ right to an attorney in civil contempt proceedings that could result in jail time. At the ABA Journal, Debra Cassens Weiss has highlights of the argument. Amanda linked to more coverage of Turner yesterday.