TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jan 20, 2015

Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared closely split today when they heard oral arguments over whether to uphold a Florida ethics rule that prohibits judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign money, Gavel Grab reports. During oral arguments in the case brought by former judicial candidate Lanell Williams-Yulee against the Florida Bar, “The court’s conservative justices appeared to favor Williams-Yulee’s free speech argument. The court’s liberals voiced support for the state’s right to ensure the impartiality of the judiciary” through the ethics rule. Justice Anthony Kennedy was seen as the likely swing vote in a final decision.