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Court Voids Election Law That Led To Ethics Ruling

12:42 PM, Oct 21, 2008   |    comments
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PORTLAND (AP) -- Maine's highest court has struck down a state election law that triggered an ethics commission ruling in a legislative primary race two years ago in Cape Elizabeth.

In its unanimous ruling Tuesday, the Supreme Judicial Court said the statute requiring a candidate who uses an endorsement in political advertising to include explicit authorization from the endorser conflicts with the candidate's constitutional right to free speech.

Michael Mowles' opponent in the Republican primary complained about his ad, and the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices concluded he broke the law and fined him $1.

Mowles appealed to the supreme court after a Superior Court judge upheld the commission's decision.

 

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