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Where's the Harm?: Free Speech and the Regulation of Lies


Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky


University of Florida - Levin College of Law

May 1, 2009

Washington and Lee Law Review, Vol. 65, p. 1091, 2008

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The United States Supreme Court has interpreted the First Amendment to accord a measure of protection to outright lies. This essay seeks to explain why. Using Holocaust denial as an example of verifiably false speech, this essay poses the question of whether such speech poses a more serious danger than First Amendment jurisprudence traditionally has acknowledged. This essay also probes the unintended consequences of governmental attempts to impose criminal punishment on lies.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 11

Keywords: First Amendment, Holocaust denial, lies, opinion, verfiability, falsity

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Date posted: May 1, 2009 ; Last revised: December 4, 2012

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Lidsky, Lyrissa Barnett, Where's the Harm?: Free Speech and the Regulation of Lies (May 1, 2009). Washington and Lee Law Review, Vol. 65, p. 1091, 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1397611

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