Supreme Court protects free speech selectively

Jesse Choper and Kenneth Bamberger quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, April 11, 2014

Jesse Choper, a constitutional law professor at UC Berkeley and a self-described moderate, said the court’s free-speech priorities seem skewed. “Protecting dissidents is more central to the First Amendment’s free-speech clause than simply offensive speech,” because a diversity of opinions promotes democracy, he said.

Another Berkeley law professor, Kenneth Bamberger, said the court has been unsympathetic to free speech “where the government is acting as the authority.”