A religious liberty law firm is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a free speech case now that the court has referenced it by name.
Liberty Counsel is petitioning the high court to review the New Jersey lawsuit King v. Christie, a case that upheld a ban on change counsel and which Liberty Counsel says the court abrogated last year by name.
Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver tells OneNewsNow the supreme court mentioned the case when the justices reviewed NIFLA v Becerra, a California case challenging that state's controversial law that clamped down on crisis pregnancy centers.
A second case, Pickup v Brown, was also cited by the court, Staver says.
"These were the first two change counsel cases that both went the wrong way against our arguments," Staver says, "and last year the United States Supreme Court abrogated both of them expressly by name."
Liberty Counsel attempted to have lower courts reopen these cases and set the rulings aside but that request was denied.
"They have refused so far to do so," he says. "So we have asked the United States Supreme Court to do just that, and we're going to do the same thing with the other case out of California, the Pickup case in the near future."
Liberty Counsel expects a response from the Supreme Court by the end of June.