The fight to deport Piers Morgan (nearly 60k signatures and legal precedent)

Piers Morgan's deportation petition reaches nearly 60,000 signatures and a Wall St Journal correspondent provides legal precedent to his departure!

by Media Hawk on 25 December 2012 11:26

Perhaps viewed as more tongue-in-cheek than serious by a lot of the signatories, but the recent petition filed with the White House to 'deport Piers Morgan' is now bearing down on an impressive 60,000 signatories.

Following Morgan's ill-informed and crass rants on his failing CNN chat show about the US Second Amendment, Morgan has drawn criticism from across the partisan divide in the United States.

Even though he can legitimately use the 1st Amendment (free speech) as a defense for his stupidity, there is at least some precedent that might mean Morgan is back in Blighty far too quickly than you or I might like: 

Recently, Piers tweeted: “Ironic U.S. gun rights campaign to deport me for ‘attacking 2nd Amendment rights’ – is my opinion not protected under 1st Amendment rights?" Which drew a swift reply from a Wall Street Journal columnist, James Taranto, who said: 

“Your opinion is protected, your presence in the U.S. is not. See Kleindienst v. Mandel (1972)"

Taranto then linked to transcripts from a 1972 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the U.S. Attorney General’s refusal to allow a foreign journalist into the United States did not violate the First Amendment. The case resulted from Nixon administration attorney general Richard Kleindienst’s refusal to grant a temporary nonimmigrant visa to Marxist Belgian journalist Ernest Mandel.

So sadly, Morgan may be headed back to British territory faster than we Brits might hope. Though may we suggest the newly named Queen Elizabeth Land?

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