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

Argument Date 03/24/2009
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)
Oral Arguments transcript
For Petitioner
Theodore Olson

For Respondent
Deputy Solicitor General Malcolm Stewart

Tony Mauro Analysis
"Court focuses skeptical eye on McCain-Feingold" (03/25/09)

'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)

AP, "Court hears dispute over 'Hillary' movie" (03/24/09)

Lyle Denniston, "Analysis: Campaign films may get OK" (SCOTUSblog, March 24, 2009)

SCOTUSblog (merit & amicus briefs)

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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