The First Amendment and the Courts

Friday, April 08, 2011

Transcript

The Constitution has promised Americans free speech since 1787, but the limits of that speech have been expanded and contracted by the courts from then until now. Law professor Geoffrey Stone says the absolutist interpretation of the First Amendment we've grown accustomed to is a recent phenomenon.

Comments [4]

Kaleisha Moore

I was first imformed of the Admendments by my Civics teacher. At first I didn't even know of my legal rights. We need to spreed the word of our admendments and let it be known to a citizens who lack knowledge.

Apr. 15 2011 10:48 AM
Demesha Peebles

The first admendment should be included in all court cases. If you destroy someones freedom of speech, press, and religion then you are destorying that person's identity. We must change this immediately and make a change in the court system.

Apr. 15 2011 10:46 AM
Matthew C. Scallon from Chula Vista, CA

There you are in NYC, where the mayor signed a censorship law targeting crisis pregnancy centers but exempting abortion shops --a law that, in another jurisdiction-- had already been declared unconstitutional, and you get these far-a-field examples that bear nothing whatsoever to the restrictions on the First Amendment going on in your own backyard?

Brooke wants a metric to measure public radio's liberal bias. How about that one?

Apr. 13 2011 04:38 PM
ed kriner from reading pa

another joke. what else aren't you all telling us? Other than Japanese meltdown that is. So this is a free press? sheesh!

Apr. 10 2011 02:43 PM

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