Techdirt Podcast Episode 292: The Problem Of 'Jawboning'

from the the-formalities-of-informal-coercion dept

Most people are pretty clear on the fact that the First Amendment prevents the government from making rules about speech — but what about when government officials make informal demands or threaten retaliation related to speech? Such actions have been ruled to violate the First Amendment, but this practice — dubbed “jawboning” by this week’s guest — raises messy legal edge-cases and grey areas. We’re joined by University of Chicago Law Professor Genevieve Lakier, who recently authored an article for Lawfare on the subject, to discuss the legal history and status of jawboning and the problem of informal government coercion.

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