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    01.12.15 Professor Nelson Tebbe Co-authors New York Times Op-ed “A License to Say Anything?”

    Professor Nelson Tebbe co-authored an op-ed titled “A License to Say Anything?” that appeared in the Jan. 9, 2015 New York Times.

    The op-ed examines free speech issues as they relate to specialty license plates, based on two recent court cases. “Under constitutional doctrine, when private individuals express themselves, the government cannot discriminate based on their opinions. But when government is speaking (as in messages on public monuments, for example) it can and in fact must pick and choose,” writes Professor Tebbe and co-author Corey Brettschneider, a professor of political science at Brown University. “License plates are an important form of ‘mixed speech,’ blending both government and private messages. The court must balance the private right to free speech with the government’s interest in conveying its own messages.”

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