Why didn’t SCOTUS defend our free speech rights?

Source: Orange County Register
by Susan Shelley

“The Supreme Court’s decision in Murthy v. Missouri, the important First Amendment case about government censorship of Americans’ speech on social media, is puzzling. The case, originally known as Missouri v. Biden, is a lawsuit filed against the government by two states and five censored individuals. It reached the Supreme Court because two lower courts issued an injunction ordering the Biden administration to stop coercing social media companies to throttle or remove constitutionally protected speech. In October, the Supreme Court agreed to hear the administration’s appeal of the injunction and also to consider the merits of the case. But last week, in a 6-3 opinion written by Justice Amy Coney Barrett and joined by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court decided not to reach the merits.” (06/30/24)