"Change on the Supreme Court happens in long slow arcs, but the direction of this arc seems pretty clear," Stanford Law School Dean Larry Kramer tells The Wall Street Journal
. "The court has been moving in a pretty strongly conservative direction, and I don't expect it to change."
•The court struck down a California law banning the sale of violent videogames to minors, holding by a 7-2 majority that it violated the First Amendment.
• The court voted 8-1 to deny a grieving father's right to sue picketers who celebrated his son's death with objectional placards outside his funeral.
• The Arizona campaign-finance law, which offered extra public funding to state political candidates who faced well-heeled opponents, was ruled unconstitutional for infringing on Americans' right to free expression in election campaigns.
The majority is reaching such results, Northwestern University law professor John McGinnis tells The Journal, because it views free speech not only as a civil liberty -- but also like a property right.
"Conservatives are much more comfortable understanding the First Amendment as a liberty right that's not so distinct from rights of property," he concludes.
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