Lewis is able to take a published decision of the Supreme Court and give the story behind it, which I found enormously interesting and relevant to current evolving issues. It's amazing that there's so much effort American people have done to guarantee the freedom of press and speech. Sullivan: the Next Twenty Years. The Times appealed to the United States Supreme Court in 1962. The primary subject of this book is the Supreme Court case Sullivan vs. I came away from the book with a new appreciation for the complex nature of the law. The Sullivan case was a tremendous advance for personal as well as press , and it prevented legitimate criticism and social commentary from being suppressed by the threat of damaging libel lawsuits.
Anyone interested in libel law should read this book since it makes the famous case come alive. Anthony Lewis was a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who transformed American legal journalism. His presentation of the history of freedom of speech and press was fascinating and the concrete examples he gives for philosophic and abstract concepts make it all understandable. To raise some money, some southern ministers placed an ad in the New York Times, describing some of these events, and asking for money to defend Dr. It might have argued that Mr.
Speech in any sort of meaningful sense requires equal dignity, equal access, and equal respect on the parts of all of the speakers in a dialogue; free speech, in other words, presupposes equality. The media was covering these events nationally and increasingly internationally. Sullivan: 1964 Appellant: The Times Company Appellee: L. Wainwright, the 1963 decision that guaranteed lawyers to poor defendants charged with serious crimes. About Make No Law A crucial and compelling account of New York Times Co. Sullivan, which could have bankrupt the New York Times into oblivion in 1964.
In an age when mass communication ranges from independent cable channels to the Internet, it is essential to assess these policies and their effects if we want the media to continue fulfilling their role. Noted legal scholar David O'Brien provides a history of each category of unprotected speech and puts into bold relief the larger questions of what kinds of expression should and should not receive First Amendment protection. He explained that this was so because the 'hydraulic pressures' of the great case tend to distort the judgements of the justices. Book Summary: The title of this book is Make No Law and it was written by. Daly, and Herbert Wechsler Justices: Hugo L.
Harlan prepared own draft of final section. Epstein wrote that a generation gas passed and the dancing has stopped. Daly, and Herbert Wechsler, took the case to the U. Over 600,000 copies of the March 29, 1960, Times edition carrying the ad were printed. Sullivan by Justices Brennan, Black and Goldberg. There were times during these chapters when I wanted to put the book down but fortunately I stayed with it as it offered a fascinating history of the ramifications of their decision in this historic case in the years to come. A readable account of the libel case that dramatically defined and expanded the scope of press freedom.
Lewis' real contribution, at least to me, are in the background chapters to the case, in which he goes back to the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 and tells of the ongoing tension between free speech and official power. I'm really fascinated by the subject, which is why I soldiered on, and it's excellent material, but often felt repetitive or digressive. It's difficult to remember that it was only in the 1960's that these ideas were settled by the Supreme Court. I was shocked, excited, touched and inspired while reading it. But this book did reinforce my own appreciation for this country's liberties and I cannot recommend it more highly.
Sullivan, which dealt with the intersection between traditional libel law and the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and freedom of the press. To the Supreme Court 12. It is an extremely involved read that requires you to take it a little at a time and really masticate the topic at hand. Notes, table of cases, index. The book's discussion is sophisticated enough to be appreciated by a lawyer, but clear enough to be understood by one with no prior knowledge of the decisional law and constitutional principles.
More particularly, the book discusses the impact that the greatness of the case may have had on its presentation to the Court, the Court's deliberations, the decision, the opinion and the law that was created. Supreme Court's historic reversal of the original verdict are expertly chronicled in this gripping and wonderfully readable book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning legal journalist Anthony Lewis. Highly recommended for anyone interested in today's media, the history of the contitution, how the Supreme Court works, or the history of the Civil Rights movement. Once more the unconventional Peters stimulates corporate thought processes. Essentially what you have is a historical account of the evolution of the First Amendment as it relates to the freedom of the press and especially concerning cases of libel which is surprisingly, given the nature of the topic, both exciting and relatively easy to follow. Because one of the paragraphs claims an accusation against Alabama police, Sullivan believed it defamed him personally.
The first amendment puts it this way congress shall make no lawabridging the freedom of speech or of the press yet in 1960 a city official in montgomery alabama sued the new york times for libel and was awarded 500000 by a local jury because the paper had published an ad critical of montgomerys brutal response to civil rights protests. On January 6, 1964 the two sides appeared at a hearing in Washington, D. Focusing on the issues of hate-speech and pornography, this volume examines the efforts of reformers to oblige society and law to take account of such harms. Anthony Lewis uses sophisticated writing chronically exhibiting the landmark decision of Supreme Court: New York Times Co. Sullivan, a City Commissioner in Montgomery, Alabama sued the Times for libel in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County for half a million dollars.