Free Speech, Hillary Clinton, Politics, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

A Free Speech Hypothetical: Campaign Buttons Outside the Supreme Court

Sam Arora 2 Hillary Clinton Georgetown Law Above the Law Blog.jpgWhile standing outside the U.S. Supreme Court building this morning, Georgetown Law student Sam Arora sent us this message (with photo):

I’m #2 in line for the SCOTUS 11 AM argument. A policewoman standing at front told me I wasn’t allowed to wear my Hillary button “on the plaza.” She said it was rules.

I asked if she was sure, because I’m just standing here in our single file line with my friends. She said wearing a button was “demonstrating,” and I had to take it off.

I asked again if she was sure, because that seems to run afoul of First Amendment protections, but hey… I want to see my professor (Mike Gottesman) argue in Chamber v. Brown at 11am, so I took it off.

I asked her who in their office I could talk to about their policy, because I just don’t understand its grounding. She barked at me, “JUST TAKE IT OFF!.”

Well, dang, she has a gun, so I’m just going to petition the government… at a later time when she can’t hurt me!

So, readers, what do you think? Does Sam have a legitimate grievance? Or will his petition be denied?

P.S. Sam Arora is identified here with his permission. Our default rule at ATL is anonymity for tipsters. But Mr. Arora is a quasi-celebrity here inside the Beltway, as one of The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful People on Capitol Hill. Sadly, the Supreme Court policewoman proved immune to his charms.

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