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First Amendment Case

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Then again, the US Supreme Court would have to determine where the line is drawn for the true and false statements. This is because there are satirists and experts who are out there to decide what is false and what is true.The US Supreme Court has to agree that insinuations, truthiness and accusations are vital for politics. There are many examples of allegations done to politics in the past, such as when a rumormonger named James Callender alleged that President Thomas Jefferson had fathered children with his slave. Recently, US politics has witnessed many campaign lies like birthplaces, tax evasions, draft dodging and many more. All these cases, if filed, will fill the courtrooms with repartee by politicians, thereby wasting time and public taxes.With this in mind, Mr. Humphrey could be wrong for making a false allegation about the candidate, but he does not deserve the conviction. This is because the truth will never come out since it will be a matter left to be decided by the courts. The (1927) case gives us the impression that making political lies and allegations into court cases, strangles the truth (Shapiro, 8). If courts handle such matters, the public opinion is left out and the truth is stifled.According to the First Amendment, the court does protect absolute political lies as held by the Ohio state, but what kind of political lies does the state protect? The state protects lies that are for promotional purposes, since they are not defamatory. Humphrey did not make a defamatory lie but made a simple false allegation and thus should not be convicted. Ohio State does not categorize promotional lies and defamatory lies but criminalizes all of them (Shapiro, 9).The fact here is that when supporters feel that a candidate is working in accordance to their beliefs, values and philosophies, whether they spread defamatory for promotional lies, no law can change their minds not to vote for the candidate. So why not leave them to battle it out by making back and forth responses to each other to settle the matter? With this in mind, the US Supreme Court will withdraw the case against Mr. Humphrey since he did not defame the name of Sandra Lee but made an allegation that should be left for the public to determine if it would be wise to vote for her or not. Therefore, the US Supreme Court will declare Mr. Humphrey free and drop the charges
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