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Federal judge strikes down Ohio's campaign statements law
Federal judge strikes down Ohio's campaign statements law

In a ruling that could have reverberations around the country, a federal judge on Thursday struck down an Ohio law that bars individuals from knowingly making false statements about political candidates. The decision from District Court Judge Timothy Black follows the U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling in June that a political group could proceed with a 1st Amendment challenge against the Ohio law that criminalizes "false" political speech. Calling the law unconstitutional, Black wrote in his 25-page ruling that "the answer to false statements in politics is not to force silence, but to encourage truthful speech in response, and to let the...

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