Federal Court Upholds Impartial Justice Act

Federal court rejects challenge to Supreme Court public financing law The United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin today rejected a challenge to the state's Impartial Justice Act by Wisconsin Right to Life and other plaintiffs and upheld the constitutionality of the law. Federal Court Upholds Impartial Justice Act

Email date: 3/31/11

Federal court rejects challenge to Supreme Court public financing law

The United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin today rejected a challenge to the state’s Impartial Justice Act by Wisconsin Right to Life and other plaintiffs and upheld the constitutionality of the law. It was somewhat surprising that the court opted to rule on the case in light of the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court is already considering a related Arizona case.

You can read today’s ruling here.

We’ll have to wait and see what the Supreme Court does in the Arizona case in June, but today’s decision made clear this lower federal court was not persuaded by the central argument of those challenging both the Arizona law and Wisconsin's law, namely that a law enabling those without great riches to speak violates the free speech rights of wealthy campaigners. A commentary posted yesterday on our Big Money Blog delves deeper into that bizarre logic and its seemingly firm hold over four and perhaps five of the high court's nine justices.