LEGAL STUFF

John Paul Stevens, U.S. Supreme Court justice.

Justice John Paul Stevens

1) Citizens United v FEC:  the decision:  See a useful summary of the case and its significance at Wikipedia, click here.

To see the Supreme Court’s formal decision, click here.  Don’t miss Justice John Paul Steven’s dissent!

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2)  Pennsylvania court holds that Corporations are not the same as persons.  In a decision dealing with the fracking industry, the Washington County (Pennsylvania) Court of Common Pleas stated: “Whether a right of privacy for businesses exists within the …rights of Pennsylvania’s constitution is a matter of first impression. … It does not.”  The ruling was noted by John Bonifaz, Executive Director of Free Speech For People (http://www.freespeechforpeople.org/), as “…a significant development for the growing movement to restore democracy to the people.”  For details see:  http://www.alternet.org/fracking/pennsylvania-court-deals-blow-secrecy-obsessed-fracking-industry-corporations-not-same.

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3) New Supreme Court case could “double down” on Citizens United:   The US Supreme Court has accepted a case which could make the impact of the Citizens United case even worse. The case is McCutcheon v. FEC :  http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-02-20/politics/37200870_1_political-parties-limit-donations-federal-candidates.   Activists have already called for actions to let the Supreme Court know it must not expand the mistakes of the original Citizens United case:  http://www.represent.us/citizens-united-2/.