Introduction to Important Communications Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court

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It is commonplace these days for the media, newspapers, magazines, and talk shows to pick the "best of" everything; for example the top-ten best law schools, the greatest music classics of all time, etc. We at Communications and the Law have decided to present the best U.S. Supreme Court cases in the communications field.

With the permission of West Publishing Company, we have taken our selected cases from the WESTLAW site so that, with the perceptive West headnotes, readers readily can bring to mind the essence of each case and leave the text for more leisurely perusal.

A word of caution: Choosing these cases does not preclude additions or, possibly, in your opinion, subtractions, or a further compilation. Let us hear your thoughts.

Following is a chronological listing of the cases we will be reprinting in this issue and future issues.

* International News Service v. Associated Press, 248 U.S. 215, 39 S. Ct. 68 (1918).

* Schenck v. United States; Baer v. Same, 249 U.S. 47, 39 S. Ct. 247 (1919).

* Chaplinsky v. State of New Hampshire, 315 U.S. 568, 62 S. Ct. 766 (1942).

* Roth v. United States, 354 U.S. 476, 77 S. Ct. 1304 (1957). New York Times Company v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254, 84 S. Ct. 710(1964).

* Sheppard v. Maxwell, 384 U.S. 333, 86 S. Ct. 1507 (1966).

* Brandenburg v. Ohio, 395 U.S. 444, 89 S. Ct. 1827 (1969).

* Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15, 91 S. Ct. 1780 (1971).

* Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc., 418 U.S. 323, 94 S. Ct. 2997 (1974).

* Nebraska Press Association v. Stuart, 427 U.S. 539, 96 S. Ct. 2791 (1976).

* Hustler Magazine v. Falwell, 485 U.S. 46, 108 S. Ct. 876 (1988).

* Masson v. New Yorker Magazine, 501 U.S. …