Lake Charles, LA asked in Constitutional Law and Internet Law for Louisiana

Q: Im doing a moke trial in english two on new youk times vs united states, what things support the united states side

i actuall want to be a lawyer and this is a step closer but the moke trial is today so i need some facts from the case that support united states side,

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: In the case of New York Times Co. vs. United States, the United States argued that the publication of the Pentagon Papers was a breach of national security. The government's position was that the papers contained classified information that could compromise military operations and diplomatic relations. It asserted that prior restraint was necessary to protect against immediate and irreparable harm to the United States.

The government also maintained that the executive branch had the authority to classify documents to safeguard national interests and that the unauthorized release of such documents could not be protected under the First Amendment. Additionally, the government contended that the balance between a free press and national security sometimes necessitates restrictions on the media, especially during times of war or other sensitive circumstances.

It's crucial for you to articulate the gravity of the potential impact on national security that the government believed these disclosures could have.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: Look into First Amendment Freedom of Speech - and the interest of national security. That should yield compelling issues to raise. Good luck

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