Guest Host: Steve Roberts

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that pits the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles against a Civil War veterans group. The Sons of Confederate Veterans requested approval for a vanity vehicle license plate decorated with a Confederate flag. The DMV rejected the design, saying many Texans consider the flag to be a symbol of slavery and racism. Lawyers for the veterans group argued that its license plate design is protected under the First Amendment of the Constitution. Join us for a discussion on free speech and the Confederate flag.


  • Sen. Jamie Raskin Majority whip, Maryland State Senate (D); professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at American University's Washington College of Law.
  • Garrett Epps Professor of law, University of Baltimore; contributing writer and Supreme Court correspondent,, and author of "American Justice 2014: Nine Clashing Visions on the Supreme Court" and "American Epic: Reading the U.S. Constitution."
  • Katherine Culliton-González Senior attorney and director of voter protection for Advancement Project.
  • Johnnie Holley Division commander for the Texas Sons of Confederate Veterans.

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