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Secrecy about free speech

The Fulton County Daily Report reports,

A debate over free speech in judicial elections is being kept secret in the Georgia Supreme Court.

The justices have refused to release recommendations made by the state Judicial Qualifications Commission that would change campaign rules that bar candidates from making misleading statements and personal fund-raising solicitations. Those rules were struck down last year by a federal appeals court as a violation of the First Amendment.

"What in the world are they thinking?" asked Lucy A. Dalglish, of the Arlington, Va.-based Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press, when told of the Georgia court's stance.