Thursday, September 10, 2009

Citizens United v FEC

Shays2/POCLAD Program on YouTube

Here are links to 2 videos of the recent program in Western Massachusetts discussing the Sept 9 oral argument before the US Supreme Court over whether business corporations should have First Amendment Free Speech Rights.

It’s about time this issue sees the light of day! Legal obscurity has been one of greatest advantages to maintaining corporate personhood.

Citizens United v FEC, part 1, Jeffrey Clements, Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IKQe1-fox4
10 minutes 34 seconds

Citizens United v FEC, John Bonifaz, part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i15nKP7DkBk
10 minutes, 25 seconds


Also...

Sotomayor critiques corporate personhood
Page 33 at http://www.supremecourtus.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/08-205%5BReargued%5D.pd
Because what you are suggesting is that the courts who created corporations as persons, gave birth to corporations as persons, and there could be an argument made that that was the Court's error to start with, not Austin or McConnell, but the fact that the Court imbued a creature of State law with human characteristics.

Tightening the Corporate Grip: The Stakes at the Supreme Court
September, 10 2009 By Weissman, Robert
http://www.zcommunications.org/zspace/commentaries/3978

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