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Opinion

JOAN VENNOCHI

Supreme Court’s First Amendment hypocrisy

The Supreme Court’s reverence for the First Amendment would ring truer if justices applied the same standard to their own surroundings.

In June, the court unanimously rejected the Massachusetts abortion clinic buffer zone law on grounds that it restricts free speech on a public sidewalk. Yet, as other media outlets have reported, the court selectively enforces a protest-free zone in its own backyard — or more precisely, on its plaza.

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