Judicial Elections And Free Speech: The Supreme Court's Williams-Yulee Case On Soliciting Donations

At first glance, Lanell Williams-Yulee’s legal fight against the Florida Bar has an appealingly underdogish aura about it. In 2009, Williams-Yulee declared her candidacy for county court judge in Hillsborough County, launching her campaign with a mass-mail fundraising letter that asked for “an early contribution” to help her “raise the initial funds.”

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