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Sound from the Bench 3. (Ch​)​oral argument

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Sound From the Bench was co-commissioned by The Crossing (Donald Nally, artistic director) and Volti (Robert Geary, artistic director)


a narrowly tailored remedy to that interest.
--to use the words of one Justice, that is ventriloquist-speak.
I would say that it is more like surrogate speech.

JUSTICE GINSBERG: Who is the "you" ?
people think representatives are being bought, okay?
Apostoli, Alleluia.
the line dissolves on practical application.
it is said the distinction requires the use of magic words
the words of the statute were "any person,"
as if we have an unbroken amount of years

we gave some really weird interpretations

— the Earth is not —

CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: Why don't you tell us now.
We will give you time for rebuttal.
JUSTICE SCALIA: Don't keep us in suspense.

they want winners
if it has to lose, the answer is yes
they want winners
presumably as a poison pill
they want winners
individuals are more complicated than that

we couldn't sever it based on the language

there is no place where an ongoing chill is more dangerous

these corporations have a lot of money
variis linguis Apostoli, Alleluia.
we get to that when we get there.

you are not talking about the railroad barons and the rapacious trusts

they wear a scarlet letter that says "C"
but it is a nightmare that Congress endorsed.

is that a yes?
is that a yes?

text by Jena Osman
culled from Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010)


from Sound from the Bench, released March 24, 2017
performed by The Crossing (Donald Nally, conductor)
James Moore, electric guitar
Taylor Levine, electric guitar
Ron Wiltrout, drums

produced by Nick Tipp and Ted Hearne




Ted Hearne Brooklyn, New York

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