Bil Browning

Montana Supreme Court: Suck It, Citizens United

Filed By Bil Browning | January 03, 2012 9:10 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: campaign spending, Citizens United, James C. Nelson, Montana, State Supreme Court, Supreme Court

"Corporations are artificial creatures of law... Corporations are not persons. Human beings are persons, and it is an affront to the inviolable dignity of our species that courts have created a legal fiction which forces people - human beings - to share fundamental natural rights with soulless creations of government. Worse still, while corporations and human beings share many of the same rights under the law, they clearly are not bound equally to the same codes of good conduct, decency, and morality, and they are not held equally accountable for their sins. Indeed, it is truly ironic that the death penalty and hell are reserved only to natural persons."

-- Montana Supreme Court Justice James C. Nelson writing in a stunning rebuke of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling. The court found that the state can continue to ban direct corporate spending on electoral campaigns. Nelson, who dissented because he believed that the state had to follow the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling, still called Citizens United "entirely offensive."


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