The Supreme Court Takes Up the Issue of Free Speech…Again

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States can charge motorists high fees for specialty license plates that carry messages for other drivers. Today, the US Supreme Court heard arguments on whether the First Amendment applies. The State of Texas argued that license plate messages are "government speech" controlled by the state. The Sons of Confederate Veterans insisted they're "private speech," conveying the views of the driver. Adam Liptak of the New York Times was in the courtroom this morning.