Free Speech for Some

Free Speech for Some

How the Supreme Court Is Weaponizing the First Amendment to Empower Corporations and the Religious Right

William Bennett Turner


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  • Turner presents his argument in a way that is accessible to the general reader--he breaks down complex concepts into bite-sized discussions of the major cases that have led to the current unequal right to free expression.
  • Under the Trump Administration, the general public is more interested than ever in the role the Supreme Court plays as a balance to presidential power. Because freedom of expression is such a vital right, there is ongoing interest in the subject.
  • The author, who is a popular professor at UC Berkeley's journalism school, is an affable, media-savvy speaker with excellent connections in the world of journalism. He will be one of the first experts called upon when the court makes any rulings on the First Amendment.

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    William Bennett Turner:
    William Bennett Turner has published dozens of articles in various magazines, newspapers, online sites, and law reviews. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Politico, Wired, San Francisco Chronicle, Harvard Magazine, Threepenny Review, and many other outlets. A lawyer for 45 years, he served as legal affairs correspondent for KQED television, winning numerous awards for news and documentaries on legal subjects. He was legal consultant to the PBS series "We the People" on the Constitution. He is the author of Figures of Speech: First Amendment Heroes and Villains and Free Speech: Supreme Court Opinions from the Beginning to the Roberts Court. As a San Francisco lawyer, Turner specialized in unusual litigation, including constitutional law. He argued three cases before the United States Supreme Court (including two First Amendment cases). He has taught First Amendment courses at the University of California at Berkeley for more than three decades.