Press, Jun. 8, 1931

Gag Loosed

As all editors had hoped it would, the U.S. Supreme Court this week declared unconstitutional Minnesota's "gag law" (TIME, Dec. 30, 1929) which empowered any district judge to suppress by permanent injunction any publication that he deemed "malicious, scandalous or defamatory." The case at hand had been in the courts since 1927, when the Minneapolis judge first enforced the law against the Saturday Press which had been attacking public officials for alleged vice protection. Publishers J. M. Near and Howard A. Guilford, lacking funds, were aided first by the American Civil...

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