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Speaking Freely

A visit with Christina Wells, Professor of Law

By LuAnne Roth
Published: - Topics: civil liberties fear and prejudice government decision-making secrecy constitutional law

Primary research for Wells

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In order to understand the complexities of these legal issues, Wells monitors state legislatures in terms of bills that have been enacted, examining the history of the legislative debates that ensued as the law was being passed. She obtains this information through governmental websites and through the Westlaw database, but she also looks at newspaper articles that describe the protests and even requests documents (such as complaints, depositions, and affidavits) from the attorneys involved to see how the demonstrations are described and what reasons are given for challenging a particular law.