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Lenny Bruce, was tried for giving an obscene performance in a Greenwich Village nightclub and sentenced to 4 months in jail.


“First Amendment freedoms are most in danger when the government seeks to control thought or to justify its laws for that impermissible end. The right to think is the beginning of freedom, and speech must be protected from the government because speech is the beginning of thought.” —Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy

US First Amendment, freedom of expressionis governed by the First Amendment to the US Constitution:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.


Media Access Project MAP -- First Amendment right to be heard on electronic media.

Speed Limit -- A bill banning Internet sites that publish or even link to drug-making information looks set to sail through Congress to the dismay of free-speech advocates.

Student Press Law Center - Legal information to student media and journalism educators.

EPIC focuses on emerging civil liberties issues, privacy, First Amendment and constitutional values.

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American Justice:Larry Flynt Story It is the lead article in the Bill of Rights, a cornerstone of the freedoms that define America. But the right to free speech has been challenged and stretched like never before in the 20th century, and the man at the center of many of the most important 1st amendment battles is Larry Flynt. AMERICAN JUSTICE. chronicles the legal battles of the outspoken, unrepentant publisher of Hustler through interviews with lawyers on both sides of the cases, legal experts and Flynt's opponents and supporters. Relive the landmark Jerry Falwell case that Flynt pursued all the way to the Supreme Court, establishing his role as a defender of free speech. And learn the details of some of the many legal challenges he has faced in his 25 years as publisher of one of themost notorious magazines in the world. It's a fascinating look at the controversial man and convoluted cases that, in many ways, have come to symbolize the battle over free speech in modern America.

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