“It is a
jolt to the legal system when you overrule a precedent.” Chief Justice Roberts at his 2005 confirmation hearings
Overturning its own precedents the Supreme Court yesterday removed limits on corporate campaign spending citing the First Amendment free speech rights of corporations.
In dissenting from the majority in Citizens United v. FEC Justice Stevens wrote “Under the majority’s view, I suppose it may be a First Amendment
problem that corporations are not permitted to vote, given that voting
is, among other things, a form of speech.”
Dahlia Lithwick has the story here.