Sunday, December 5, 2010

Justice Stevens Speaks about Citizens United

On 60 Minutes this week, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, one of the four dissenting justices in the Citizens United v. FEC case, commented on the case. Stevens gives an interesting redefinition of the free speech argument: "An election is a debate, and, most debates, you have rules. I think Congress ought to make those rules."

Much has been said by Justice Stevens and others of the legal wisdom of the case and the precedents that it overturned. But the unfortunate fact remains that the decision is final, and unlikely to be overturned any time soon. We are now faced with the difficult task of designing policies that ensure fair and decent representation, which includes everything from strict disclosure law to fair elections systems.

You can see the full interview with Justice Stevens below. His comments regarding Citizens United begin right around 9:15.

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