July 6: An exemption from a popular anti-robocall law violates free speech, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled.

The justices on Monday nixed the 2015 amendment, which allowed collectors of government debt to use automatic dialing systems to reach out to consumers, Bloomberg reported.

The government can’t pick what speech is allowed and what’s prohibited based on the content of that speech, they said.

Their ruling stopped short of nixing the entire law as the plaintiff political pollsters asked the court to do. Instead, the court decided that the unconstitutional exception could be severed from the rest of the law.

Oral arguments in the robocall case took place during the court’s historic May argument sitting.


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