Supreme Court Torn On Fla. Judicial Campaign Funding Rule

Law360, Miami (January 20, 2015, 9:55 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court justices split along conservative-liberal lines Tuesday as they heard oral arguments in a case brought by a Florida attorney fighting the state's ban on judicial candidates' personally soliciting for campaign funds.

Andrew Pincus of Mayer Brown LLP tried to convince the justices that Florida's rule is a content-based restriction on a judicial candidate's First Amendment speech rights that cannot pass strict scrutiny review.

Pincus' client Lanell Williams-Yulee was reprimanded and fined by the Florida Supreme Court for running afoul of bar rules by signing a fundraising letter while campaigning for a county court seat in Hillsborough County,...

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