“Freedom to speak and write about public questions is as important to the life of our government as is the heart to the human body. In fact, this privilege is the heart of our government. If that heart be weakened, the result is debilitation; if it be stilled, the result is death.”
—Hugo L. Black (1886-1971), U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1942
• Editorial Comment: Get me the national defibrillator, stat!
Image: The U.S. Supreme Court on October 23, 1967: (front row, left to right)
John Marshall Harlan, Hugo Black, Earl Warren, William O. Douglas, and William J. Brennan Jr.;
(back row, left to right) Abe Fortas, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White, and Thurgood Marshall.
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