Justices in closed-door meeting on speech freedom

AP News
Posted: Mar 01, 2012 12:49 PM
Justices in closed-door meeting on speech freedom

Supreme Court justices are meeting for the first time with European human rights judges to talk about freedom of expression, among other things. They're doing it behind closed doors.

The sessions with members of the European Court of Human Rights are taking place on the George Washington University campus. Justices Samuel Alito and Anthony Kennedy are participating in a panel discussion about the freedom of expression. Justice Sonia Sotomayor is part of a session on extraterritoriality, or using courts to hold people accountable for things that happen elsewhere.

An organizer for the event says keeping reporters out will promote dialogue.

The only part of the conference open to the public was a panel that included Justice Stephen Breyer in a discussion of differences and similarities between the two courts.