Winner:Near vs. Minnesota

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I think that court decisions often have an important effect on our society. Among the most important and most frequently cited cases was Near vs. Minnesota of 1931. The state legislature had passed a law allowing the shutdown of a blatantly defamatory newspaper called the Saturday Press. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this law to be unconstitutional and stated that even when the right was misused, the press had immunity from any prior restraint.

This was truly a landmark decision that affirmed one of the basic freedoms in this country.
~Steve Trimble, St. Paul, MN

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