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Legal Case: BibTeX citation key:  anon2009
United States Supreme Court. Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. 24th Mar 2009. (ANTHONY KENNEDY, JOHN G. ROBERTS, ANTONIN SCALIA, JOHN P. STEVENS & CLARENCE THOMAS Couns.). 08-205 (08-205).
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Categories: history, law
Keywords: "citizens united", corporate personhood, electoral law, law, legal decision, XIV amendment
Creators: Kennedy, G. Roberts, Scalia, P. Stevens, Thomas
Publisher: United States Supreme Court

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Abstract
p.8 Kennedy delivers the majority opinion
p.65 Concurring: Roberts (joined by Alito)
p.79 Concurring: Scalia (joined by Elito and Thomas, in part)
p.88 Stevens writes a dissenting opinion (p. 88), which he delivers from the bench (a strong gesture).
p. 178 Thomas also writes a short dissenting opinion
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Further information may be found at:
http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/09pdf/08-205.pdf

 
Notes
This case involved the problem of corporate personhood. It was decided that corporations have first amendement rights that allow them to fund election campaigns...

Senator Bernie Sanders has been very vocal on this.

What's good for General Motors was once said to be good for the country.
And the Koch brothers, Gates, Buffett, Soros?

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens has been critical of not only the decision but the procedure.
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Quotes
The Court's ruling threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the Nation. The path it has taken to reach its outcome will, I fear, do damage to this institution." He wrote: "A democracy cannot function effectively when its constituent members believe laws are being bought and sold.

--Stevens, p.4 (91)
Keywords:  stevens opinion
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"A democracy cannot function effectively when its constituent members believe laws are being bought and sold."
-- Stevens p.63 (150)
Keywords:  stevens opinion
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