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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


United States


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


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

30 June 1971


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


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

Grolier Electronic Publishing, Inc., 1995.

Additional topics

Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationNotable Trials and Court Cases - 1963 to 1972