Supreme Court Set for Speech Cases

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  1. Doglips

    Doglips Guest

    what ever

    Supreme Court Set for Speech Cases
    Monday, August 19, 2002
    Last updated at 1:02:21 PM PT


    As a target showing the image of Osama Bin Laden is displayed on the counter, Gene Rochette, owner of State Line Guns, Ammo, and Archery in Plaistow, N.H. pulls a gun from the rack to show a customer Monday, Aug. 19, 2002. The Supreme Court is deciding whether to review a Massachusetts law that bans human-like target posters in the state. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court is being asked to consider whether shooting at pictures of Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden is an expression of free speech or a dangerous drill that could lead to the killing of real people.

    It's among several free speech cases the court may review when it returns in October.

    Free speech versus public safety is familiar territory for this court, which has tended to side with those favoring less restriction on expression.

    "Unlike other controversial areas they avoid, with free speech they jump in with both feet," said Washington lawyer Thomas Goldstein, who specializes in Supreme Court litigation.

    The court will announce this fall whether it will review the gun case, which involves a challenge to a 4-year-old Massachusetts law forbidding target practice on human images at certain gun clubs. The ban applies to clubs that have a special license for large-capacity weapons.

    The law, the only one of its kind, was challenged by a group that includes gun clubs, a minister, and a retired military officer who competes in wheelchair shooting events. Their attorney, Stephen Halbrook, calls the law "political correctness to the ultimate degree."
  2. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist

    Remember the old addage, "you play for real the way you practice". Saddam is the real McCoy so why not practice shooting at him?