Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Justice William O. Douglas, Judge Lawrence Tribe, Justice Hugo L. Black

"The dominant purpose of the First Amendment was to prohibit the widespread practice
of government suppression of embarrassing information."
-- Justice William O. Douglas
(1898-1980), U. S. Supreme Court Justice
Source: New York Times v. Unites States (Pentagon Papers)

"[The Bill of Rights is] designed to protect individuals and minorities against the tyranny of the majority, but it's also designed to protect the people against bureaucracy, against the government."
-- Judge Lawrence Tribe

"Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several portions of the First Amendment. It is part of the right of free speech. It embraces freedom of the press."
-- Justice Hugo L. Black
(1886-1971) US Supreme Court Justice
Source: 1961

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