Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court turned in rulings that, according to the pundits, indicate the court’s conservative five-justice majority is flexing its muscles.
Among other decisions, the high court voted to limit student speech in the “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” case, to toss an attempt by taxpayers to challenge the Bush administration’s grants to faith-based social services groups and to weaken corporate and union advertising restrictions under McCain-Feingold.
Today’s headline from the Lynchburg paper’s Web site: “Court upholds prisoners’ right to porn.”
Yet another new decision from the Roberts Court?
Not exactly. A quick click indicates that the case is from … Sweden. The Supreme Administrative Court in Stockholm has upheld a rape convict’s right to his hardcore girlie magazines. The ruling angered prison officials, who argued unsuccessfully that allowing the magazines will interfere with the inmate’s rehabilitation and could pose a risk for the prison’s female employees.
The Swedish prison system continues to bar pornographic movies, TV channels and Web sites, according to The Associated Press.