Freedom of Speech Clause and the First Amendment Rights

My research paper is about the evolution of media and media laws in particular in the US after the landmark Supreme Court case New York Times v. Sullivan. Sullivan a supervisor of police in Montgomery, Alabama, sued over a full-page ad published in the Times. He won the case in the Alabama Court and was awarded $500,000 in damages. The case was eventually taken to the Supreme Court where the court not only reversed the Alabama Court’s decision but also set standards under public personnel could sue for defamation.

In his book American Constitutional Development author Richard S. Randall (professor of Political Science and American Constitutional Development at New York University) not only provides the history of libel/ defamation laws but also discuss the case in detail and how it affected the laws governing the media. The book is a comprehensive study of various types of cases involving the First Amendment Rights starting from the introduction of the Bill of Rights into the Constitution.

Individual Rights and The American Constitution is written by a renowned American legal scholar Douglas Kmiec. The book reflects on the evolution of individual rights, which includes the First Amendment Rights, in the light of various Supreme Court cases. The book is an in-depth analysis of how the court and our laws have evolved over centuries and what are the laws that are governing our land today.

The subject of individual rights is also discussed in Kermit Roosevelt’s book The Myth of Judicial Activism. Roosevelt is a professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In his book the author argues that the idea of “Judicial Activism,” i.e. the idea that law must accommodate and must adapt to the changes of the time, is a myth. His primary focus on some landmark Supreme Court cases including the Times v. Sullivan.

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