Love the kicker on this new Adam Liptak Sidebar column on the Minn. political apparel case:
Similar problems have arisen in the Supreme Court’s backyard. A few years ago, I saw a court police officer order a man wearing a “Guns Save Lives” button on the Supreme Court plaza to remove it.
“No political logos on the plaza,” an officer said.
I asked the officer for his reasoning. “You can’t interview people on the plaza,” he responded.
He was part of a long tradition. A Supreme Court police officer once threatened a woman with arrest for displaying a sign bearing the verbatim text of the First Amendment.
Whether at a polling place or on the Supreme Court plaza, decorum is a worthy goal. But so is the robust debate protected by the First Amendment.