Ohio Attorney General, in Past, Has Suggested Law Banning False Campaign Statements has Constitutional Problems

As noted on January 10, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that challenges Ohio’s law that makes it illegal to make a false statement in an election campaign. According to this Columbus Dispatch story, in the recent past, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has said in legal briefs that the Ohio law has constitutional problems. Yet, now it is his duty to defend the law. It is conceivable that the 2014 legislature might repeal or amend the law before the case is heard, however. Probably the U.S. Supreme Court hearing will be in April 2014.

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