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Cases Chapters 1-4

Communications Law

CNN v Noriega is a United States Supreme Court case, in which all 9 Justices of the Court voted to strike down anti-obscenity provisions of the Communications Decency Act (the "CDA"), finding they violated the freedom of speech provisions of the First Amendment.
Near v Minnesota 1931. was a United States Supreme Court decision that recognized the freedom of the press from prior restraints on publication, a principle that was applied to free speech generally in subsequent jurisprudence. The Court ruled that a Minnesota law that ta
Miller v. California 1973) was an important United States Supreme Court case involving what constitutes unprotected obscenity for First Amendment purposes. The decision reiterated that obscenity was not protected by the First Amendment and established the Miller test for dete
Whitney v. California (1927), was a United States Supreme Court decision upholding the conviction of an individual who had engaged in speech that raised a threat to society.
Stanley v Georgia (1969), was a United States Supreme Court decision that helped to establish a personal "right to privacy" in U.S. law.The Court unanimously overturned the earlier decision and invalidated all state laws that forbid the private possession of materials judg
Schneider v State (1939)The Court held that the purpose of the ordinances (to keep the streets clean and of good appearance) was insufficient to justify prohibiting defendants from handing out literature to other persons willing to receive it.
New York Times v US (1971)was a United States Supreme Court per curiam decision. The ruling made it possible for the New York Times and Washington Post newspapers to publish the then-classified Pentagon Papers without risk of government censure.In order to exercise prior res
O'Brien Case (1968), was a case decided by the Supreme Court of the United States that ruled that a criminal prohibition against burning a draft card did not violate the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech.
Tinker v Des Moines (1969) was a United States Supreme Court case that resulted in a decision defining the constitutional rights of students in U.S. public schools. The Tinker test is still used by courts today to determine whether a school's disciplinary actions violate stu
Grosjean Case (1936), was a decision of the United States Supreme Court over a challenge to a separate sales tax on newspapers with circulation of over 20,000. The Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, found the tax to be an unconstitutional violation of the First
Nebraska Press Association v Stuart (1976), the Court addressed the constitutionality of an order prohibiting the media from publishing or broadcasting certain information about the defendant. This case pitted the First Amendment rights of a free press against the defendant's Sixth Amendmen
Communications Decency Act The CDA was an attempt to protect minors from explicit material on the Internet by criminalizing the "knowing" transmission of "obscene or indecent" messages to any recipient under 18; and also the knowing sending to a person under 18 of anything "that, i
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