Zenger's Case: Prototype of a Political Trial

AMERICAN POLITICAL TRIALS, Revised ed., Michal Belknap, ed., pp. 21-42, Greenwood, 1994

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Paul Finkelman

University of Pittsburgh, School of Law; Albany Law School - Government Law Center

Date Written: 1994

Abstract

In this article, Professor Finkelman examines the 1735 Zenger case and its implications for free press in America. Despite its limited legal significance, the Zenger case became an important ideological and political precedent. While some scholars have argued against the historical significance of the case, Professor Finkelman holds that the most important aspect of the Zenger legacy is that “in the revolutionary period it was always there as a guiding light for those who were gradually developing an ideology of freedom of expression.”

Keywords: Zenger, free press

Suggested Citation

Finkelman, Paul, Zenger's Case: Prototype of a Political Trial (1994). AMERICAN POLITICAL TRIALS, Revised ed., Michal Belknap, ed., pp. 21-42, Greenwood, 1994. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1507107

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