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Freedom of the Press goes to Supreme Court...



Item # 648738

June 2, 1931

THE NEW YORK TIMES, June 2, 1931

* Near vs. Minnesota re. freedom of the press
* Landmark United States Supreme Court decision


The top of the front page has a one column heading: "'PRESS GAG' BARRED BY SUPREME COURT; MINNESOTA LAW HIT" with subheads. (see) Lengthy text continues inside. First report coverage on the Near v. Minnesota landmark United States Supreme Court decision.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 60 pages, light even toning, irregular along the spine, otherwise nice.

wikipedia: Near v. Minnesota was a landmark United States Supreme Court decision that recognized the freedom of the press by roundly rejecting prior restraints on publication, a principle that was applied to free speech generally in subsequent jurisprudence. The Court ruled that a Minnesota law that targeted publishers of "malicious" or "scandalous" newspapers violated the First Amendment to the United States Constitution (as applied through the Fourteenth Amendment). Legal scholar and columnist Anthony Lewis called Near the Court's "first great press case".

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