New York Times Co. V. United StatesElijah Lauver403 U.S. 713 (1971)Facts: This case came to be known as the “Pentagon Papers Case”, because the Nixon Administration attempted to prevent the New York Times and Washington Post from publishing materials belonging to a classified Defense Department study regarding the history of the United States activities in vietnam. President Nixon argued that prior restraint was necessary to protect nationalsecurity. Prior restraint is defined as Judicial suppression of material that would be published or broadcast, on the grounds that it is libelous or harmful. This case was decided together with United States v. Washington post Co.The Law: First amendment;right of free press against prior restraint by the government.Legal Questions: 1)Can the executive branch stop the print of papers revealing the backstory of America's involvement in vietnam? 2)Is the executive branch in violation of the first amendment?