The First Amendment provides that "Congress shall make no law... abridging.., the right of the people.., to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."1 Unlike the First Amendment's speech, press, and religion clauses, this "Petitions Clause" has not spawned an extensive body of case law or academic commentary. The right to petition has been, in many ways, the First Amendment's poor relation.
Gary Lawson & Guy I. Seidman,
Downsizing the Right to Petition
Northwestern University Law Review
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