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Acclaimed by researchers, students, and general readers, this informative, lively, and easy-to-use volume fills the public need for information about key recent and historical cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Now significantly updated, this new edition includes all the new major cases-over twenty five in total-handed down by the Court since the first edition was published in 2000. The new entries include many high-profile cases that have stirred public controversy, including: Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000), granting the right to exclude homosexuals from leadership positions in the Boy Scouts; Bush v. Gore (2000), ceasing ballot recounts in the 2000 presidential election; PGA Tour v. Martin (2001), obliging the PGA to accommodate a disabled golfer; Lawrence v. Texas (2003), stating that a law criminalizing same-sex sodomy violates due process; Gratz/Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), stating that an affirmative action program to achieve diversity in universities may or may not violate the equal protection clause, depending on how it's implemented. In each of the over 100 cases summarized, author Tony Mauro succinctly describes the decision, provides background and facts of the case, the vote and highlights of the decision with verbatim excerpts, and, in conclusion, discusses the long-term impact of the decision on United States citizens and U.S. society. Topic search aids let readers easily trace the evolution and impact of rulings in particular issue areas. Added features also enhance the volume, including many new portraits, political cartoons, and drawings, a comprehensive bibliography and an easy-to-access case/subject index. A perfect starting point for research on Supreme Court decisions, this newly updated volume is an essential addition to every public, high school, and college library.

New York Times Co. v. United States
New York Times Co. v. United States

Decided June 30, 1971

403 U.S. 713

http://laws.findlaw.com/US/403/713.html

Decision

Government must meet a “heavy burden” before it can act to prevent publication of any expression protected by the First Amendment. The Court found that the Nixon administration had not met that burden in seeking to restrain the New York Times and the Washington Post from publishing a classified government history of the Vietnam War.

Background

The New York Times edition of Sunday, June 13, 1971, carried an unassuming headline that at first attracted little interest: “Vietnam Archive: Pentagon Study Traces 3 Decades of Growing U.S. Involvement.” The next day, however, the story began to trigger a chain of events that resulted in one of the most momentous legal confrontations ...

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