William O. DouglasWilliam O. Douglas, (1898-1980), U. S. Supreme Court Justice

William O. Douglas Quote

“The First and Fourteenth Amendments say that Congress and the States shall make “no law” which abridges freedom of speech or of the press. In order to sanction a system of censorship I would have to say that “no law” does not mean what it says, that “no law” is qualified to mean “some” laws. I cannot take this step.”

William O. DouglasWilliam O. Douglas
~ William O. Douglas

Superior Films v. Department of Education of the State of Ohio, 1954

Ratings and Comments

Mike, Norwalk

Not shooting the misdirection word smith with all his inconsistent applications, doing one thing and saying another; on its face, I absolutely agree.

Mike, Pleasant Hill

Can't make that leap? Today it is apparent that many judges have no qualms about making any such leaps, original intent is alien to them.

jim k, austin tx

Political correctness abridges freedom of speech, especially in universities.

Bobble, Charlotte, VT

Mr. Justice Douglas asks us to believe that words mean what they say and have meaning ? What a concept !

E Archer, NYC

And yet, there are thousands of laws regulating speech and arms, even though "Congress shall make no law" to do so in the Constitution.


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