Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Wright on Sharpening the Focus of Free Speech Law: The Crucial Role of Government Intent @IUMcKinney
R. George Wright, Indiana University School of Law, has published Sharpening the Focus of Free Speech Law: The Crucial Role of Government Intent. Here is the abstract.
Contemporary free speech law is typically misfocused. This misfocus serves neither the purposes underlying the institution of free speech nor any broader social rights and interests in conflict with freedom of speech. As a general matter, the adjudication of free speech claims should properly focus, centrally, on the intent of the regulating government. More specifically, courts should focus crucially on whether the government has, in enacting or enforcing its speech regulation, intended to suppress or disadvantage a presumed or actual idea or its expression. This sharpened focus would allow the courts to responsibly address a surprisingly broad range of free speech cases, with a substantially diminished need for attention to a number of artificial, if not unnecessary, judicial doctrines that have gradually been incorporated into the free speech case law.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.