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Miami Herald Publishing Company v. Tornillo

Significance, Appeal Goes To The U.s. Supreme Court, "free Press" Refers To Press Only


The Miami Herald Publishing Company, Division of Knight Newspapers, Inc.


Pat L. Tornillo, Jr.

Appellant's Claim

That the Miami Herald did not have to print Tornillo's response to critical editorials published by the paper during his campaign for public office.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Daniel P. S. Paul

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Jerome A. Barron

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger (writing for the Court), William O. Douglas, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

25 June 1974


The Miami Herald did not have to print Tornillo's rebuttal.

Related Cases

  • Associated Press v. United States, 326 U.S. 1 (1945).
  • Gertz v. Robert Welch, 418 U.S. 323 (1974).


Flite. http://www.law.vill.edu/Fed-Ct/Supreme/Flite/opinions/418US241.htm.

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

Grilliot, Harold J. and Frank A. Schubert. Introduction to Law and the Legal System. Fifth edition. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1992.

Further Readings

  • Hall, Kermit L., ed. The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Additional topics

Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationNotable Trials and Court Cases - 1973 to 1980