The Supreme Court: Big Business and the First Amendment

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As the US Supreme Court recessed this week until next October, John Roberts completed his sixth term as Chief Justice of the United States. He continued to lead the court in a conservative direction. The US Chamber of Commerce openly claims more influence with the US Supreme Court than any litigator except the US Solicitor General. Sure enough, big business has been winning 61 percent of its cases. Does it have better lawyers? Are the justices on its side ideologically? They often recognized the free-speech rights of business. Is that because they're dedicated to defending the First Amendment? What did the Wal-Mart case mean for women's employment rights? Why don't Supreme Court justices use the same ethics rules as other federal judges?

Credits

Guests:
Adam Liptak - New York Times - @adamliptak, Robert Peck - Center for Constitutional Litigation, Jonathan H. Adler - Case Western Reserve University - @jadler1969, Nelson Lichtenstein - University of California, Santa Barbara - @UCSBHistory, Arn Pearson - Common Cause

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Andrea Brody, Christian Bordal