The First Amendmen1

The First Amendmen1 - clear and present danger the example...

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The First Amendment: Freedom of Speech The key question with free speech is what constitutes "speech" itself. One view separates public or  political speech from private speech, holding that the latter may be limited with respect to the rights  of others. The Supreme Court has protected certain kinds of speech in certain circumstances but not  all kinds of speech. There are two important limitations on freedom of speech: speech cannot  threaten the public order or be obscene.  Political speech In  Schenck v. United States  (1919), Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes stated that freedom of speech  could be restricted if the speech represented a 
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Unformatted text preview: clear and present danger; the example he gave was that a person could not shout, "Fire!" in a crowded theater that was not on fire. Through the early years of the Cold War, the clear and present danger test was used to limit the free speech of sots and communists. The Supreme Court upheld the Smith Act (1940) that made it a crime to advocate the overthrow of the government by force. Under Chief Justice Earl Warren, the Court took the position that political speech was protected under the First Amendment unless it incited "imminent lawless action" or was "likely to produce such action."...
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This note was uploaded on 11/20/2011 for the course POSI 1310 taught by Professor Arnold during the Spring '08 term at Texas State.

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