States Without Standing

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

“Friends of freedom of speech had been looking forward to a certain U.S. Supreme Court decision, Murthy v. Missouri. The Biden administration has for years worked to suppress social-media speech that disputes official government doctrines about biology, pandemic policy, elections, and other controversial matters. In short, the kind of speech the First Amendment was designed to protect. Several suits have been launched against the federal government’s censorship. This one had been brought by Louisiana, Missouri, and other states, abundantly proving that administration officials actively pressed social-media companies to suppress speech. By a 6 – 3 vote, the court tossed lower-court rulings that favor the states’ position. According to the decision’s coiled reasoning, the states lack legal right to sue. They lack standing.” (06/27/24)