The Supreme Court already has heard a case this fall about a busted brake light. Why not vanity license plates?
The justices agreed to decide Friday whether Texas' denial of a specialty license plate featuring the Confederate flag was an infringement on free speech.
In doing so, the court held in abeyance another case in which North Carolina approved a "Choose Life" license plate but denied one defending a woman's right to choose.
The cases present two issues that have come up repeatedly in lower courts: Do vanity plates speak for the government that issues them or the driver that displays them? And does the First Amendment say anything goes -- or require equal treatment?
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