Simon & Schuster v. Members of the New York State Crime Victims Board
Significance, Crime For Profit
Simon & Schuster, Inc.
New York Crime Victims Board
That New York's "Son of Sam" law restricts free speech and is therefore inconsistent with the First Amendment.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Howard L. Zwickel
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Ronald S. Rauchberg
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor (writing for the Court), William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, David H. Souter, John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White
None (Clarence Thomas did not participate)
Date of Decision
10 December 1991
Overturned the two lower courts' decisions ruling that New York's Son of Sam law was inconsistent with the First Amendment.
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