On July 9, President Trump Nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit as the nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Based on our analysis of Judge Kavanaugh’s opinions, the Institute for Free Speech enthusiastically supports this choice. Judge Kavanaugh has an extensive and well-regarded record, and has long demonstrated a healthy skepticism of government attempts to restrict First Amendment political activity. To read our full press statement on the nomination, click here.
For a thorough analysis of Judge Kavanaugh’s prior decisions relating to First Amendment jurisprudence, see the posts below:
The Free Speech Record of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Part I (July 5, 2018)
For a rebuttal to an analysis of Judge Kavanaugh’s free speech record from the anti-speech Campaign Legal Center, please see the following analysis by Institute for Free Speech Chairman Bradley A. Smith:
Below are additional Institute for Free Speech analyses on the free speech records of some of the judges on President Trump’s shortlist of potential Supreme Court nominees who were not nominated to fill the Court’s vacancy.
Judge Amul Thapar Broadly Supportive of the First Amendment (July 3, 2018)
More on Judge Thomas Hardiman’s Views on Free Speech (January 30, 2017)
Judge Charles Canady in Congress: A Strong but Mixed Pro-Free Speech Record (January 10, 2017)