When Bad Facts Make Something Worse than Bad Law

Irresponsible and immoral acts can undermine cultural support for the First Amendment.

I’ve been a civil liberties lawyer my entire professional life. I volunteered on my first free speech and religious liberty case my second year of law school. I had absolutely no idea how to practice a case, but I could read and summarize cases for the real lawyers, and that’s what I did. In the 28 years since—in the hundreds of cases and controversies …

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