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Schenck v US (1919)

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Speech can be limited if it presents a "clear and present danger" similar to yelling "Fire" in a crowded theater

Decided: March 3, 1919
Issue(s): Censorship/national security
Increases: Espionage Act of 1917
Decreases: Expression

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The Court decided that speech can be limited if it presents "a clear and present danger" akin to yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater. In this case, yelling "Fire!" involved passing out anti-draft pamphlets in protest of World War I.

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