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Unformatted text preview: Sedition Act SECTION I. Punishes combinations against United States government. 1. Definition of offence: Unlawfully to combine or conspire together to oppose any measure of the government of the United States, &c. This section was not complained of. SECTION II. Punishes seditious writings. 1. Definition of offence: To write, print, utter or publish, or cause it to be done, or assist in it, any false, scandalous, and malicious writing against the government of the United States, or either House of Congress, or the President, with intent to defame, or bring either into contempt or disrepute, or to excite against either the hatred of the people of the United States, or to stir up sedition, or to excite unlawful combinations against the government, or to resist it, or to aid or encourage hostile designs of foreign nations. SECTION III. Allows accused to give in evidence the truth of the matter charged as libellous. SECTION IV. Continues the Act to 3d March, 1801. New York Times Co. v. United States (1971) Facts : NYTimes published extracts from a classified study of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War commissioned by the Department of Defense in 1967 (the so-called Pentagon Papers). by the Department of Defense in 1967 (the so-called Pentagon Papers)....
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- Fall '07