Quote of the day, July 27

Justice Hugo Black, The Pentagon Papers (1971)

The following is an excerpt from Justice Hugo Black’s majority opinion in the Pentagon Papers (New York Times v. the United States):

“[James] Madison and the other Framers of the First Amendment, able men that they were, wrote in language they earnestly believed could never be misunderstood: ‘Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom . . . of the press . . . .’  Both the history and language of the First Amendment support the view that the press must be left free to publish news, whatever the source, without censorship, injunctions, or prior restraints.”

Case No.: 403 U.S. 713 (1971)

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