SCOTUScast 6-26-07 featuring Ken Starr
Morse v. Frederick
June 26, 2007Kenneth W. Starr
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On June 25, 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered its decision on the Morse v. Frederick case. The case involved a public high school principal who, pursuant to the school district’s policy against displaying messages promoting illegal substances, disciplined a student for displaying a large banner with the slogan “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” during the Olympic torch relay, which students had been released from class to attend with some faculty supervision. The Court was asked to consider whether the suspension and the school district’s policy are unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds. In this episode of SCOTUScast, the Honorable Ken Starr, Dean and Professor of Law at Pepperdine University and former United States Solicitor General, offers his analysis of the recent decision. Michael Rosman, General Counsel for the Center for Individual Rights, offers his own analysis in another edition of SCOTUScast.