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DeWine: Ohio election law violates free speech


Mike DeWine

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WASHINGTON  — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is urging the Supreme Court to rule as unconstitutional a state election law that bars people from making recklessly false statements about political candidates.

The legal filing is unusual because DeWine is opposing a law that he is charged with defending. The Republican says the election law restricts free speech because it can be used against any person or organization wishing to advertise against a candidate.

At issue is an Ohio law being challenged by the national anti-abortion advocacy group Susan B. Anthony List.

It comes after the group in 2010 unsuccessfully sought to put up a billboard advertisement that accused then Rep. Steven Driehaus, D-Ohio, of favoring taxpayer-funded abortions.

The court is scheduled to hear arguments on April 22.

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