Wall St. Journal: Last week new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor made her rookie appearance in oral arguments.  The WSJ story says that she “made a provocative comment that probed the foundations of corporate law.”

During arguments in a campaign-finance case, the court’s majority conservatives seemed persuaded that corporations have broad First Amendment rights and that recent precedents upholding limits on corporate political spending should be overruled.  But Justice Sotomayor suggested the majority might have it all wrong — and that instead the court should reconsider the 19th century rulings that first afforded corporations the same rights flesh-and-blood people have.

See also “Is Sotomayor’s ‘Corporations Aren’t People’ Comment a Harbinger?