Court to Weigh Challenge to Ban Campaign Lies

As political campaigns begin to heat up, the U.S. Supreme Court is deciding whether false accusations and mudslinging made during an election can be punished as a crime. Next week, justices will consider a challenge to an Ohio law that bars false statements about political candidates, WATE reports. During the 2010 election, the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group, planned to launch a billboard campaign accusing then-Democratic Rep. Steven Driehaus of supporting taxpayer-funded abortion because he backed President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Driehaus urged the Ohio Elections Commission to block the ads, arguing that the proposed billboard was false under Ohio law. Given the threat of legal action, the billboard owner declined to run the ad.