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Justice Clarence Thomas Defends Supreme Court Ruling on Corporate Campaign Finance

On Tuesday, conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke at a law school remarking that he had stopped attending the State of the Union event each year because in recent years the event had become too politicized.

Justice Thomas, speaking to law students at a law school in Florida, also defended the majority decision giving First Amendment rights to corporations and thus allowing corporate campaign finance.

According to Justice Clarence Thomas, the major legal issue in the case was whether the government should be able to determine how people choose to congregate and exercise their right to free speech. According to the majority ruling, a corporation is just one of many ways in which people aggregate, and that limiting free speech in the case of a corporation would set precedent for limiting other forms of group assembly.

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