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Saving the Press Clause from Ruin: The Customary Origins of a 'Free Press' as Interface to the Present and Future


Patrick J. Charles


Government of the United States of America - Air Force

Kevin Francis O'Neill


Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

February 28, 2012

Utah Law Review, Vol. 2012, No. 4, 2012, pg. 1691
Cleveland-Marshall Legal Studies Paper No. 2012563

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Based on a close reading of original sources dating back to America's early colonial period, this article offers a fresh look at the origins of the Press Clause. Then, applying those historical findings, the article critiques recent scholarship in the field and reassesses the Press Clause jurisprudence of the Supreme Court. Finally, the article describes the likely impact of its historical findings if ever employed by the Court in interpreting the Press Clause.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 82

Keywords: First Amendment, liberty of the press, freedom of the press, free press, constitution, history, originalism, textualism, intellectual history, press as technology

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Date posted: February 28, 2012 ; Last revised: May 15, 2013

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Charles, Patrick J. and O'Neill, Kevin Francis, Saving the Press Clause from Ruin: The Customary Origins of a 'Free Press' as Interface to the Present and Future (February 28, 2012). Utah Law Review, Vol. 2012, No. 4, 2012, pg. 1691; Cleveland-Marshall Legal Studies Paper No. 2012563. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2012563

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Patrick J. Charles (Contact Author)
Government of the United States of America - Air Force ( email )
Washington, DC
United States
Kevin Francis O'Neill
Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law ( email )
2121 Euclid Avenue, LB 138
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
United States
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