Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz joined the chorus of conservative legal giants praising civil rights attorney Chester J. Darling, who won the landmark 1995 Hurley v. Irish-American Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Group of Boston Supreme Court decision, a decision which has become the cornerstone First Amendment ruling defending Americans for government-coerced speech, passed away Nov. 16, nearly two weeks after he celebrated his 94th birthday.
“Chester Darling was a brilliant attorney whose impact on the First Amendment can’t be quantified,” Mike Davis, the founder and president of the Article III Project, told RedState.
“Darling set a powerful precedent in support of free speech by securing a unanimous 9-0 decision in the landmark Hurley Supreme Court case that rippled through subsequent First Amendment cases,” said the former chief counsel for nominations to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R.-Iowa). “This ruling laid the groundwork for legal principles used in cases such as the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision.”
Davis said Darling’s legacy would endure.
“Chester Darling’s unwavering commitment to defending free speech and expression left a permanent mark on our understanding of the First Amendment,” he said. “His contributions reflect a dedication to the principles that safeguard our democracy.”
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