1st Amendment News

Efforts continue to limit lying in political campaigns

The struggle for truth in politics continues with a court ruling and a new app. A federal judge in upheld the Minnesota Fair Campaign Act that prohibited campaign workers from intentionally lying about a candidate. The judge said the law was narrow enough to withstand a constitutional test under the First Amendment.

Opponents of the law said it chilled their free speech rights and curtailed robust debate. (Joe Harris, Courthouse News Service, January 29, 2013)

And The Washington Post said it had developed an app to uncover lying in video-taped political speeches. The Post said they hoped to perfect the truth-telling app for use during live speeches. (Joe Mandese, MediaPost News, January 29,2013) -db

 

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