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Supreme Court hears New York case

Mar 19, 2024 12:58 pm

Kevin Frey reports at New York State of Politics that on March 18 the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a First Amendment case between the National Rifle Association and the former head of New York’s Department of Financial Services, Maria Vullo. The NRA, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, accuses Vullo of violating the First Amendment by pressuring banks and insurance companies to blacklist the NRA after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. The Supreme Court may decide between governmental advocacy and coercion. The ACLU’s David Cole said there was a, “campaign by the state's highest political officials to use their power to coerce a boycott of a political advocacy organization because they disagreed with its advocacy.” Vullo’s lawyer, Neal Katyal, said Vullo was “seeking to weaponize the First Amendment and exempt themselves from the rules that govern you and me simply because they're a controversial speaker.” A ruling could come later this spring. Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.