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Simon & Schuster v. New York Crime Victims Board (1991)  [Findlaw]

Argument Date 10/15/1991
Decided 12/10/1991
Supreme Court Vote 8-0
IssueWhether a New York statute that required that an accused or convicted criminal's income from speech describing his crime be deposited in an escrow account for possible distribution to the criminal's victims or other creditors violated the First Amendment.
Case Summary & Additional Resources
Majority Opinion O'Connor, J. (Thomas, J., not participating)
Lower Court 2nd Circuit
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied
Oral Arguments Oral Arguments  [Oyez]
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