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In '''''Johanns v. Livestock Mktg. Ass'n''''', 544 U.S. 550 (2005), a 6-3 [[U.S. Supreme Court]] rejected a [[First Amendment]] challenge to a government beef program that specifically taxed an industry to fund advertisements with which some members of the industry disagreed.  Five Justices, led by Justice [[Antonin Scalia]] (who wrote the decision), held that there is no [[First Amendment]] right not to fund government speech.  Justice [[Stephen Breyer]] reluctantly agreed, but would have preferred to decide the case merely as a lawful economic regulation.  Justice [[Ruth Bader Ginsburg]] agreed with the result solely on the grounds of upholding an economic regulation.
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In '''''Johanns v. Livestock Mktg. Ass'n''''', 544 U.S. 550 (2005), a 6-3 [[U.S. Supreme Court]] rejected a [[First Amendment]] challenge to a government beef program that specifically taxed an industry to fund advertisements stating with which some members of the industry disagreed. The advertisements stated "Where's the beef?" Five Justices, led by Justice [[Antonin Scalia]] (who wrote the decision), held that there is no [[First Amendment]] right not to fund government speech.  Justice [[Stephen Breyer]] reluctantly agreed, but would have preferred to decide the case merely as a lawful economic regulation.  Justice [[Ruth Bader Ginsburg]] agreed with the result solely on the grounds of upholding an economic regulation.
  
 
Justices [[John Paul Stevens]], [[Anthony Kennedy]] and [[David Souter]] dissented.
 
Justices [[John Paul Stevens]], [[Anthony Kennedy]] and [[David Souter]] dissented.
 
[[category:United States Supreme Court Cases]]
 
[[category:United States Supreme Court Cases]]

Revision as of 15:24, 22 May 2008

In Johanns v. Livestock Mktg. Ass'n, 544 U.S. 550 (2005), a 6-3 U.S. Supreme Court rejected a First Amendment challenge to a government beef program that specifically taxed an industry to fund advertisements stating with which some members of the industry disagreed. The advertisements stated "Where's the beef?" Five Justices, led by Justice Antonin Scalia (who wrote the decision), held that there is no First Amendment right not to fund government speech. Justice Stephen Breyer reluctantly agreed, but would have preferred to decide the case merely as a lawful economic regulation. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg agreed with the result solely on the grounds of upholding an economic regulation.

Justices John Paul Stevens, Anthony Kennedy and David Souter dissented.