At a public meeting, can officials limit a person’s speech because he or she has spoken at previous meetings?

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

No. The danger would be that the government was silencing a person because it disagreed with the content of that person’s speech. The government can violate the First Amendment by suppressing the speech of someone based on the speaker’s identity. The fear is that the government could camouflage viewpoint discrimination in such a situation.