Us Bill of Rights " First Amendment" Essay

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Mary Cathleen ThomasUnited States GovernmentGovt-2305-54245Jinnell Killingsworth | U.S. Bill of Rights | “Amendment I” | | | 2/19/2011 |


“The First Amendment” In the beginning, our founding fathers where working on drafting a formal Constitution for our newly formed country. The representatives for some of the newly formed states, worried about the current draft of the Constitution. Many of the states and there representatives, had concerns about the wording of the current draft of the Constitution. The representatives feared if the current draft, if left as-is it would allow the government a pathway to violate individual civil rights. In addition, it could possibly promote tyranny. The very issue they
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Supreme Court went on to say that allowing the press to report on criminal trials does not usually interfere with the defendants Sixth Amendment “Right to a Fair Trial” GalejCX3457000022: U.S. Supreme Court Case number two, Branzburg vs. Hayes this case heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1972. The case was called Branzburg vs. Hayes 1972, Judge John P. Hayes, et al. was the responding court justice. The petitioner claimed that the, First Amendment gives news reporters a privilege protecting the confidentiality of their sources of information. Paul Branzburg a reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal in Kentucky authored an article in 1969, about two people making hashish from marijuana. In his article, Mr. Branzburg promised the two people that he would not reveal their names to the public. Mr. Branzburg also wrote another article in 1971 about drug users and promised not to reveal their identities.Mr. Branzburg on both occasions he was called to testify before a Kentucky grand jury. Both times Branzburg refused to identify his sources of information. He stated the “First Amendment” gave him a privilege. He went on to say if sources stopped talking, he would not be able to report the news. The U.S. Supreme Court made their decision on this case on June 29, 1972. The court justices included Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E Burger, Lewis

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