Clay Calvert Authors Article on U.S. Supreme Court 2017 Free-Speech Rulings
Clay Calvert, director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, is the author of “Beyond Headlines & Holdings: Exploring Some Less Obvious Ramifications of the Supreme Court’s 2017 Free-Speech Rulings,” published in Volume 26, Issue 4 of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal.
In the article, Calvert analyzes less conspicuous, yet highly consequential aspects of the U.S. Supreme Court’s First Amendment rulings during the opening half of 2017. The four facets of the opinions addressed in the piece—items both within individual cases and cutting across them—hold vast significance for future free-speech battles. He examines the nuances of the justices’ splintering in Matal v. Tam, Packingham v. North Carolina and Expressions Hair Design v. Schneiderman, the immediate impact of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s Packingham dicta regarding online social networks; and Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s solo concurrence in the threats case of Perez v. Florida.