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New York Times Company v. United States - Significance, The Government Moves To Stop The Leak, Supreme Court Throws Out Government's Case

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Petitioner

United States

Respondent

The New York Times Company

Petitioner's Claim

That the government's efforts to prevent the New York Times from publishing certain Vietnam War documents known as the "Pentagon Papers" were justified because of the interests of national security.

Chief Lawyers for Petitioner

Alexander M. Bickel, William E. Hegarty

Chief Lawyers for Respondent

Daniel M. Friedman, Erwin N. Griswold, Robert C. Mardian

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black (writing for the Court), William J. Brennan, Jr., William O. Douglas, Thurgood Marshall, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E. Burger, John Marshall Harlan II

Place

Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

30 June 1971

Decision

The government cannot restrain the New York Times from publishing the Pentagon Papers.

Sources

Cornell. http://supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/

Grolier Electronic Publishing, Inc., 1995.

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