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Barrett: Since the county has already said in its brief that they regard this speech as de‹cient and they say that the only reason for the permit fee in their brief is to rid the public forum of unwelcome harassment, well, then, this speech must be so nauseating that they would have to charge for more toilets for the public that is going to vomit at the assembly that is wanting to be put on. 14. S. 113. A Workman-like Performance | 35 chief justice rehnquist: Mr. Barrett, I think you better calm down a little and address the issues.
Why don’t the rich have an equal right to speech? After considerable sparring with Justices Kennedy and Scalia, Stubbs confessed that he wasn’t sure that the Constitution required an indigence exception for parade permits, but Forsyth County had one anyway, however ambiguous. It is basic but nonetheless crucial for lawyers arguing before the Court to remember that the principles they ask the Court to adopt will be applied in many other circumstances, a concept never lost on the justices. At this point in the argument, Justice David H.
I don’t take it as a point in your favor. It is one of the things I worry about with this ordinance, that it allows people to scale the fees as they ;)) wish. To the lay observer, it appeared that Stubbs and the Forsyth County ordinance were in deep trouble. I thought Stubbs had acquitted himself A Workman-like Performance | 31 reasonably well, given the dif‹cult hand he had to play. The justices appeared skeptical, but they did not beat Stubbs up as they have with other lawyers who make larger mistakes, such as not being familiar with the lower court record or using oral argument to advance political or social agendas.