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Near vs. Minnesota

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Jonathan Leibovich

on 5 March 2013

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Transcript of Near vs. Minnesota

A Key Project by: Jonathan Leibovich What Happened: Conclusion: This case took place on January 30Th 1930. This was a Supreme court case. J.M. Near got arrested for releasing a statement that said that the police were working with gangsters in his newspaper the Saturday Press. It was published in October 15, 1927. He violated The Minnesota Gag Law of 1925. This law was passed to prohibit media that was considered to be a potential cause to public disturbance and civil disorder. After this very lengthy and weird case J.M. Near was found innocent. Choosing to go to all those trails payed off. Twice at the Superior court with Judge Baldwin; twice at the MN Supreme court and the last one with the U.S. Supreme court. The only court to find him innocent. In the end they were protected by the first amendment because the U.S. Supreme court thought that the gag law violated the 1st amendment and was unconstitutional. The Superior and MN Supreme court thought otherwise. They thought that it was "scandalous material" and it tended to disturb the peace and provoke assaults. Near Vs. Minnesota The facts: Trololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololololllllllllllllllllllllllll Picture of the newspaper
-> -> -> -> -> -> -> -> -> -> -> -> -> Song: Space Exploration by Cosmic Gate. Random facts * J.M Near started to publish the Saturday press again in April 1932.
* If he would have been found guilty, the sentence would have been a fine of $1000 + up to 12 months in jail.
* J.M. Near's attorney would be the future Mayor of Minneapolis his name: Thomas Latimer. In total, this case was trailed for 5 times:
#1: Court: Hennepin county superior Ruling: Guilty, Judge: Judge Baldwin.
#2: Court : MN Supreme, Ruling: guilty
#3: Court: Hennepin county superior, Ruling: guilty, Judge: Judge Baldwin
#4: Court: MN Supreme, Ruling: guilty
#5: Court: US Supreme, Ruling: innocent What's the Question ? The question is Does the Minnesota gag law violate the free press provision of the First Amendment? Picture of J.M. Near -> -> -> -> -> -> -> ->
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