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Delaware Supreme Court Extend First Amendment Protection to Online Comments

“Delaware Supremes extend First Amendment Protection to online comments” by by Bob Cauthorn is seriously worth a read.

The Delaware Supreme Court yesterday delivered what one hopes is a watershed decision when it definitively extended First Amendment protections to an anonymous blog poster who attacked an elected town councilman in Smyrna, Del.

More importantly, the court set the bar high because the unknown posters’ comments were filled with obscenities and innuendo about the councilman, Patrick Cahill. That’s the bright line for significant First Amendment rulings — when you see judges protecting loathesome speech, you know they’re serious.

A PDF of the rulling may be found here. Download it. Frame it. Savor it.

Considering the drift in our nation lately, one gets the feeling that certain people — and pretty much everyone in the Bush administration — have forgotten that America is about inconvenient freedoms.

Convenient freedoms are easy. They cost nothing and they withstand no assault. Standing up for the inconvenient freedoms in the most difficult times is what defines you as a patriot.

Every member of the Delaware Supreme Court deserves a kiss on the cheek today for reminding us that this is America, afterall.


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One Comment

  1. Bog Side Artists
    Posted October 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Freedom of speech means we have the benefits of a well informed intellectual such as Noam Chomsky with access to reliable unfiltered information. Otherwise…. heaven help us!


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