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Amicus Brief of Alliance Defending Freedom

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Amicus Brief of Alliance Defending Freedom

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From the brief of the Alliance Defending Freedom in support of CEI and National Review:

"Criticism of the methodology and data underlying his work, including rhetorical hyperbole and tongue-in-cheek statements that are part and parcel of polemical usage, would be chilled by the application of defamation law. The First Amendment has historically survived this and other tort-based claims to suppress speech. If this Court were to do an about-face from traditional First Amendment values, then debates on political topics, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the refusal to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, and the merits of universal healthcare, as well as other matters of public concern where hyperbole and accusatory language are coin of the realm would likewise be chilled."