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New York Times Co. v. United States (1971)  [Findlaw]

Secondary Link New York Times Co. v. United States  [Legal Information Institute]
Argument Date 06/26/1971
Decided 6/30/1971
Supreme Court Vote 6-3
Note According to David Rudenstine, the per curiam opinion was prepared by Justice William Brennan, Jr.
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim sustained.
 
IssueWhether the New York Times and the Washington Post could be enjoined from publishing excerpts from a classified Defense Department study of U.S. involvement in the Indochina War.
Majority Opinion Per Curiam
Concurring Opinion Black, J., & Douglas, J., & Brennan, J., & Stewart, J., & White, J., & Marshall J.
Dissenting Opinion Burger, C.J., & Harlan, J., & Blackmun, J.
Certiorari Granted 06/25/1971
Lower Court DC Circuit
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim sustained
Oral Arguments Oral Arguments  [Oyez]
-- edited transcript in Irons, Peter, editor, MAY IT PLEASE THE COURT: THE FIRST AMENDMENT (1997), pp. 186-194
Lawyers
For Petitioner
Alexander M. Bickel

For Respondent
William R. Glendon argued the cause for respondents in No. 1885

For United States
Solicitor General Griswold

Briefs
For Amicus
Bob Eckhardt and Thomas I. Emerson for Twenty-Seven Members of Congress

Norman Dorsen, Melvin L. Wulf, Burt Neuborne, Bruce J. Ennis, Osmond K. Fraenkel, & Marvin M. Karpatkin for the American Civil Liberties Union

Victor Rabinowitz for the National Emergency Civil Liberties Committee

News Stories & Commentary
"Excerpts From Oral Arguments on U.S. Effort to Obtain Documents From Times," New York Times," June 18, 1971. p. 14 [F. Dis. Ct.]
Editorial, ".. And the Press's Right to Publish," Washington Post, June 17, 1971, sect. A, p. 18
Editorial, "An Enlightened People," New York Times, July 1, 1971
Editorial, The Court & the Press," Evening Star (Wash., D.C.), July 1, 1971
Graham, Fred, "Paper Gives List Identifying Material It Has; U.S. Fails to Get Court Order on Study," New York Times, June 18, 1971. p. 1
Wicker, Tom, "The 'Irreparable Injury'," New York Times, June 17, 1971. p. 41
Other
Abrams, Floyd, SPEAKING FREELY: TRIALS OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT (2005), pp. 1-31

Chemerinsky, Erwin, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: POLICIES & PRINCIPLES (1997), pp. 777-780
Cox, Archibald, "Foreword: Freedom of Expression in the Burger Court," 94 Harvard Law Review 1 (1980)
Dickson, Del, THE SUPREME COURT IN CONFERENCE (1940-1985): THE PRIVATE DISCUSSIONS BEHIND NEARLY 300 SUPREME COURT DECISIONS (2001), pp. 369-372
Godofsky & Rogatnick, "Prior Restraints: The Pentagon Papers Case Revisted, 18 Cumberland Law Review 527 (1988)
Greenhouse, Linda, BECOMING JUSTICE BLACKMUN: HARRY BLACKMUN'S SUPREME COURT JOURNEY (2005), pp. 69-71
Junger, "Down Memory Lane: The Case of the Pentagon Papers," 23 Case Western Law Review 3 (1971)
Maltese, John A., "National Security vs. Freedom of the Press," in Gregg Ivers & Kevin McGuire, editors, CREATING CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE: CLASHES OVER POWER & LIBERTY IN THE SUPREME COURT (2004), pp. 233-248

Powe, Jr., Lucas, THE FOURTH ESTATE & THE CONSTITUTION (1991), pp. 97-105
Prados, John & Porter, Margaret Pratt, INSIDE THE PENTAGON PAPERS (University Press of Kansas, 2004)

Rudenstine, David, THE DAY THE PRESSES STOPPED: A HISTROY OF THE PENTAGON PAPERS CASE (1996)
Stone, Geoffrey R., PERILOUS TIMES: FREE SPEECH IN WARTIME (Norton, 2004)
Symposium, "National Security & the First Amendment," 26 William & Mary Law Review 715 (1985)
Tribe, Laurence, AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (2nd ed, 1988), pp. 959, 960, 1039, 1041, 1046, 1047, 1048, 1053, 1676, 1677
Unger, Sanford, THE PAPERS AND THE PAPERS (1973)
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