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Doe v. Reed and the Role of Anonymity in a Democracy - Podcast

Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group

May 21, 2010

John C. Fortier, Robert Frommer, Allison R. Hayward

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  Doe v. Reed and the Role of Anonymity in a Democracy  - MP3
Running Time: 00:44:52

Practice Groups PodcastsIn April 2010 the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Doe v. Reed. The Court is expected to decided whether petition signatures should be disclosed to public parties under Washington State's Public Records Act. Do people that sign political petitions to place measures on the ballot have a right to privacy, association, belief or speech that would prevent disclosure of their names and perhaps other personal information? What level of scrutiny should the Court use in examining the question? Does the public have a right (perhaps to police authenticity, to study patterns of support, or from mere curiosity) to know who signed particular petitions? These and other questions are addressed by our experts.

Featuring:

  • Mr. John C. Fortier, Research Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
  • Mr. Robert Frommer, Staff Attorney, Institute for Justice
  • Moderator: Ms. Allison Hayward, Constitutional and election law expert in Washington DC, and Chair of the Federalist Society's Free Speech and Election Law Practice Group

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Related Links

Transcript of Doe v. Reed Oral Argument, April 10, 2010 (PDF)
Brief for Petitioners John Doe #1, John Doe #2, and Protect Marriage Washington (PDF)
Brief for Respondent Washington Coalition for Open Government (PDF)
Brief for Respondent Washington Families Standing Together (PDF)
Brief for Respondent Sam Reed (PDF)
Reply Brief for Petitioner John Doe #1, John Doe #2, and Protect Marriage Washington (PDF)
“Supreme Court ponders privacy rights for petition signers,” By Robert Barnes, April 29, 2010
“Court Skeptical on Bid to Keep Petitioners' Names Secret” By Peter Landers and Jess Bravin, April 28, 2010


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