Tuesday, July 20, 2010

UPDATE: Full Senate Endorses Libel Tourism Bill

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By a unanimous voice vote, the Senate yesterday approved S. 3518, the so-called SPEECH (Securing the Protection of our Enduring Established Constitutional Heritage) bill co-sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Jeffrey Sessions (R-Ala.) that bars domestic enforcement of foreign libel judgments against U.S. citizens that are inconsistent with First Amendment protections. (See "TUOL" posts 7/14/10, 6/25/10.)

The legislation is headed to the House of Representatives for final action.  The House by voice vote previously passed its own version of the measure, H.R. 2765.

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