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Professional Responsibility Keyed to Sahl
Republican Party of Minnesota v. White
Citation:536 U.S. 765 (2002)
A state rule in Minnesota, known as the announce rule, prohibited candidates for judicial election in that state from announcing their views on disputed legal and political issues. In 1996, Gregory Wersal was seeking judicial office in Minnesota and distributed literature criticizing the state supreme court’s decisions on issues such as crime, welfare, and abortion. A complaint was filed against him with the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility on the basis that he had violated the announce rule. The Republican Party of Minnesota (Petitioners) later filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction against enforcement of the rule.
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