The Press: Minority Opinion

Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.

—First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

A publisher peddles filth through the mails. In some public square, a Communist advocates violent overthrow of the U.S. Government. Elsewhere, federal employee blabs security secrets to anyone who will listen. Long before a man accused of murder comes to trial, a newspaper recommends hanging. What should be done about the pornographer, the Communist, the spiller of state secrets, the newspaper that beats justice to the bar?

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black has spent...

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