Snepp v. United States - Significance, Snepp Writes Decent Interval, Impact, Further Readings
Frank W. Snepp III
U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
That CIA requirements for agency prepublication review of writings about the agency by employees and former employees constituted unconstitutional prior restraint on freedom of speech in violation of the First Amendment.
Chief Lawyers for Appellant
Alan M. Dershowitz, Bruce J. Ennis, Joel M. Gora, Mark H. Lynch, Jack D. Novik, John H. F. Shattuck, John Cary Sims, Geoffrey J. Vitt
Chief Lawyers for Appellee
David J. Anderson, Barbara Allen Babcock, William B. Cummings, Brook Hedge, Thomas S. Martin, Elizabeth Gere Whitaker, Glenn V. Whitaker, George P. Williams
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E. Burger, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White (unsigned)
William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, John Paul Stevens
Date of Decision
19 February 1980
Upheld lower court decisions that a compelling government interest justifies publication safeguards in CIA employee contracts and waives their First Amendment rights to free speech.
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- United States v. The Progressive, 467 F.Supp. 990 (W.D. Wis. 1979).
- Haig v. Agee, 453 U.S. 280 (1981).
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