June 29th, 2009
01:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Conservative filmmakers will get another hearing

Monday the Supreme Court deferred a ruling in a case involving a documentary on Hillary Clinton.  The Court will rehear argument in the case in the fall.
Monday the Supreme Court deferred a ruling in a case involving a documentary on Hillary Clinton. The Court will rehear argument in the case in the fall.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will reargue an important campaign finance reform case dealing with a scathing documentary about former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The justices put off an expected ruling in the case, and will rehear the issues on September 9. It is unusual for the high court to return early from its summer recess to hear an appeal. The court normally begins its fall term in early October.

The justices apparently could not reach a conclusion on whether the film was subject to federal oversight regarding when and where it could be shown in an election year.

At issue was whether the 90-minute "Hillary: The Movie" - as well as television ads to promote the film - should have been subject to strict campaign finance laws on political advocacy, or was instead a constitutionally protected form of commercial speech.

It is unclear whether high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor will be confirmed in time to hear the case. If not, just eight justices will hear the appeal.


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soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Me in Big D

    @Patriot – I agree wholeheartedly!!! If the liberal, biased main-stream media had done its job-things would have been far different. When they wake-up and turn on him, and they will, it will be with a vengeance and I, for one of thousands, can't wait. I just hope it won't be too late!

    June 29, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Educate yourselves before you open your mouth and just let the words fall out

    @ MatthewDetroit

    Secratary of State is a "dead-end job" in your opinion???? Wow. Just wow.

    June 29, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. Don

    After reading through the comments on this article, I can see that the majority of people that left them have absolutely no idea what is going on around them. Does anyone at all really understand what this is about or do you all just want to argue about a bunch of BS that doesn't exist?

    Pay attention, but also try to use your heads, please.

    June 29, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. Educate yourselves before you open your mouth and just let the words fall out

    @ dan in Tucson AZ June 29th, 2009 11:10 am ET

    Is this America, or not?
    In America we have freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Those that oppose the documentary can boycott it, or come up with a rebuttal piece. That is the American way.

    AND we have campaign finance laws. That TOO is the American way, nimrod!

    June 29, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. Catherine

    MathewDetroit–you're an idiot. Obama almost lost to Hillary and would have if it wasn't for the criminals at ACORN. Her position now as secretary of State is the most highest honor anyone can hold in office...she is doing her job unlike Obama who is needs to stay of the TV and do his. Her approval rating is o the chart and I hope Obama enjoys his TV celebrity role because he's in it for only 4 years.

    June 29, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  6. Catherine

    MathewDetroit–you're an idiot. Obama almost lost to Hillary and would have if it wasn't for the criminals at ACORN. Her position now as secretary of State is the most highest honor anyone can hold in office...she is doing her job unlike Obama who is needs to stay off the TV and do his. Her approval rating is off the chart and I hope Obama enjoys his TV celebrity role because he's in it for only 4 years.

    June 29, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  7. Steve

    Sure, the documentary shows one of the biggest case of election campaign fraud in history, BY HER, so she wants to ban future documentaries. Great answer.

    I was completely dissappointed in Obama for making her Secretary of State. She should be in JAIL.

    June 29, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. I can see Canada from my house!

    @ Amazed in M:

    I'm amazed you claim to be from NY, since once you step out of NYC, you are in one of the more conservative areas of the country. The ONLY reason why the GOP has been driven out of one of its formerly strongest areas is because the state GOP is run by a class of incompetent fools who favored ideology over performance. We gave the country Jack Kemp, Al D'Amato and Rufy Giuliani, to name a few: are those men liberals?

    June 29, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. Jefe

    The problem with political movies in an election cycle, is that they are not required to use verified facts. Also, by making a movie where you are obviously portraying an active candidate, even if calling him or her by a different name, for example, you can use complete fiction. Unfortunately, a large segment of the population will believe the intentional implied falsehoods, potentially altering the fate of the US by foreign or corporate interests backing election-altering movies.

    June 29, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. beth

    Oh I can't wait to see what these creative geniuses come up with.

    June 29, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  11. Educate yourselves before you open your mouth and just let the words fall out

    I support everyone's right to free speech, but I don't support using tax-payer money for political gain by either party! THAT is what the issue is and for all of you trying to cloud it with other crap . . . STOP!

    June 29, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Jason

    Violation of the 1st Amendment. Say NO TO CENSORSHIP

    June 29, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  13. Shonie

    So libertarians who don't care if there is gay marriage are unsympathetic and emotionless? Hmmm... Yeah, you are truly an idiot. Then again, you're from a state that can't afford its bills, so I guess I should expect too much from its education system.

    June 29, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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