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Free speech case starts in Ohio, heads to Supreme Court
CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- The Supreme Court expresses doubts about the constitutionality of an Ohio law that bars people from making false statements about candidates during a political campaign.
The case began right here in the tri-state. In 2010, Democrat Steve Driehaus was running for re-election to Congress. An anti-abortion group, "Susan B. Anthony List," wanted to put up billboards that said Driehaus voted for taxpayer-funded abortions. The message was targeted at his vote in support of the affordable care act.
Driehaus complained to the Ohio Election Commission citing a state law that makes it a crime to knowingly publish false statements about a candidate. The complaint was dismissed when Driehaus lost the election. But SBA List sued to overturn the law.
During arguments Tuesday at the high court most of the justices appeared likely to let the group move forward with the challenge to the law as a violation of free speech rights.
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