right to free speech

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Overview

Fighting words are, as first defined by the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) in Chaplinsky v New Hampshire, 315 U.S. 568 (1942), words which "by their very utterance, inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace. It has been well...

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Appealed from: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Oral argument: March 19, 2007

Joseph Frederick, an 18-year-old high school student, displayed a banner with the message “Bong Hits 4...

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Definition

In First Amendment law, prior restraint is government action that prohibits speech or other expression before the speech happens. .

Overview

Prior restraint typically happens in a few ways. It may be a statute or regulation that...