What's Happening To Free Speech?

Lewin, Nathan
July 1974
New Republic;7/27/74, Vol. 171 Issue 4/5, p13
Focuses on the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution with a ruling in favor for freedom of speech in the U.S. Information on the case of dermatologist Howard Levy, who was court-martialed as he spoke out against the Vietnam war and refused to go to the war; Statement of a federal court of appeals that the court-martial on these grounds was unconstitutional because, under binding Supreme Court decisions, statements of the kind made by Levy could not constitutionally be punished under a catch-all law; Laws made by the U.S. Supreme Court on obscene words and materials; Ruling of the Court that the film "Carnal Knowledge," was obscene under Georgia law and under the new Supreme Court standard so that manager of the movie theater where it was shown could be fined and sentenced to jail for showing the movie; Defense of the Directors Guild of America and the Authors Guild of America, by highlighting the artistic and literary qualities of the film; Pronouncements delivered by the Supreme Court affecting freedom of speech and press.


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