2010 Opinion Announcements Now Available

We have posted audio and transcripts of last term’s opinion announcements. You can now access the audio via the website or by subscribing to Oyez’s 2010 Opinion Announcements podcast via iTunes U.

A few of the highlights of last term’s announcements include:

Justice Clarence Thomas’ majority opinion and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent in Connick v. Thompson

Justice Elena Kagan’s first dissent from the bench in Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett

Freedom of Speech and False Statements

Case:

United States v. Alvarez

The Court agreed on Monday, October 17 to hear arguments in a case addressing whether patently false statements are protected by the Freedom of Speech clause of the First Amendment. Specifically, the Court will examine the Stolen Valor Act of 2005, which makes it a crime for an individual to falsely claim that they have received a military decoration. The case is particularly noteworthy because, while the Court has previously tolerated laws forbidding libel and other forms of false statements in specific contexts, it remains unclear whether false statements, in general, can be prohibited.

The case is No. 11-210, United States v. Alvarez