In conversation with the protester-petitioners’ attorney, Mark Rienzi, Justices Breyer and Sotomayor probed whether the petitioners would concede any situations in which limitations could be placed on the free speech rights of protesters.  In other words, they wanted to know whether the petitioners believed that a state may never impose buffer-zone types of laws inhibiting free speech, even in instances where there may be, as Justice Breyer put it, “a need for refereeing.”  Justice Breyer drew an analogy to the danger of protesters outside of a hospital for veterans, where the principle of “special need and care” leans towards a need for refereeing.