Alito Defends 'Citizens United'

Justice Samuel Alito defended the 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission on Thursday night, the Blog of Legal Times reports. Alito said arguments can be made for overturning Citizens United, but not the popular one that boils down to one line: Corporations shouldn't get free speech rights like a person. Alito told a crowd of about 1,400 at The Federalist Society’s annual dinner that the same people do not question the First Amendment rights of media corporations in cases like The New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, the Pentagon papers case. If corporations did not have free speech rights, he said, newspapers would lose such cases.