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Near vs. Minnesota 283 U.S. 652 (1925) Facts: The defendant was charged with writing articles in a newspaper that were considered a public nuisance and lacked good motives or justifiable ends to deliver the truth. A state trial court enjoined The Saturday Press and its owners from publication and circulation. Jay M. Near began publishing The Saturday Press in Minneapolis with Howard A. Guilford, a former mayoral candidate convicted of criminal libel. The paper claimed that Jewish gangs were “practically ruling” the city along with the police chief. It also targeted the mayor, County attorney, future governor, and the members of the grand jury. The paper claimed they were either incompetent or willfully failing to investigate and prosecute known criminal activity. After the issue was released, Guilford was gunned down and hospitalized. One of the stories in the paper resulted in a successful prosecution of a gangster called Big Mose Barnett. Future governor Floyd B. Olson filed a complaint
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