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