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Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (docket #: 07-953) (2008)

 
Issue(1) Whether the Court has jurisdiction to hear this appeal in light of a federal law allowing a direct appeal to the Justices "in any civil action, suit or proceeding required by an act of Congress to be heard and determined by a district court of three judges." (2) Whether restrictions on broadcast of ads to promote a critical campaign film about presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton violate the First Amendment.
Certiorari Granted 11/14/2008
Lower Court District Court for the District of Washington (3-judge panel)
Tony Mauro Analysis
'Hillary movie:' campaign-finance victim? (11-17-08)

Opinion - Lower Court
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (D.C. Dist. Ct, 3-judge panel, 2008)

Other
SCOTUSblog, "New briefs ordered in campaign ad case" (2/29/08)

SCOTUSblog, "Swift ruling sought on campaign ads" (01/22/08)

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