Scott Randolph, Flori-duh Rep., needs a First Amendment refresher

State Rep. Scott Randolph (D-Orlando) wants to pass a bill that makes it a felony for jurors to try and sell their story within 9 months of a trial. (source)

Apparently, Mr. Randolph, in his rush to score cheap points in a bill tagged with the Casey Anthony wand, forgot about Simon & Schuster v. Crime Victims Board, 502 U.S. 105 (1991). In that case, the Supreme Court held New York’s “son of sam” law unconstitutional. That law that made it illegal for a criminal to profit from selling his story.

So, Mr. Randolph, how the hell are you going to justify making the same thing illegal for a juror, who has done nothing wrong AND who has given up his or her time to serve on a jury? Oh, didn’t think of that, did you?

4 Responses to Scott Randolph, Flori-duh Rep., needs a First Amendment refresher

  1. Mark Kernes says:

    So the “time, place & manner” restrictions allowed in City of Renton v. Playtime Theatres wouldn’t apply here?

    • Tim says:

      Time/Place/Manner only applies if the the law is content neutral. Here, since it’s content based (i.e. you have to read the content to know if it violates the law) time/place/manner is inapplicable. Straight to strict scrutiny for you, where you die.

    • Tim says:

      I should also add that the “secondary effects” that bailed out Renton is not applicable here.

  2. Mister DNA says:


    Have you seen this?

    It looks like another narcissistic celebrity douche needs a lesson in the Streisand Effect.

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