Monday, January 14, 2008

"...Parker C[hief]. J[ustice]. delivered the opinion of the Court..."

"...Besides, it is well understood, and received as a commentary on this provision for the liberty of the press, that it was intended to prevent all such previous restraints upon publications as had been practised by other governments, and in early times here, to stifle the efforts of patriots towards enlightening their fellow subjects upon their rights and the duties of rulers. The liberty of the press was to be unrestrained, but he who used it was to be responsible in case of its abuse; like the right to keep fire arms, which does not protect him who uses them for annoyance or destruction..."

- Commonwealth v. Blanding, 3 Pick. 304 Mass. , 1825

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