Supreme Court Case Comic Strip: Anusha and Aqil

Supreme Court Case Comic Strip: Anusha and Aqil
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New York Times v. United States 1971

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  • United States 1971
  • Daniel Ellsberg
  • Let's give the NY Times and Washington Post The Pentagon Papers. This way, the people will see how our gov't is lying about U.S. actions in Vietnam. The war shall end!
  • Representative from Nixon Administration
  • No! The people will shame us, and the security of the U.S. must be protected. I declare prior restraint.
  • The word "security" is too vague. It does not provide strong reasoning.
  • Supreme Court Justices
  • Prior restraint is unconstitutional in this case because the documents are not affecting the security of the U.S.
  • Prior restraint is when the gov't places censorship on "speech" or restricts the First Amendment before it is conveyed or placed before the public.
  • Present Day Teacher
  • Within this case, a West Virginia newspaper wrote about a shooting and included the juvenile who committed the crime. The Juvenile court said that it had to see the article before it was published.
  • Smith v. Daily Mail Publishing Company 
  • The Supreme Court used NY Times v. U.S. as a precedent. Therefore, the court claimed that the juvenile court's use of prior restraint was unconstitutional.
  • Smith v. Daily Mail Publishing Company
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