Miami Herald Publishing Co. v. Tornillo


Miami Herald Publishing Co. v. Tornillo
Miami Herald Publishing Co. v. Pat Tornillo
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Supreme Court of the United States
Argued April 17, 1974
Decided June 25, 1974
Full case name Miami Herald Publishing Company, Division of Knight Newspapers, Incorporated v. Tornillo
Citations 418 U.S. 241 (more)
94 S. Ct. 2831; 41 L. Ed. 2d 730; 1974 U.S. LEXIS 86; 1 Media L. Rep. 1898
Prior history Appeal from the Supreme Court of Florida
Holding
The Court overturned a Florida state law requiring newspapers to allow equal access to political candidates in the case of a political editorial or endorsement content.
Court membership
Case opinions
Majority Burger, joined by unanimous
Concurrence Brennan, joined by Rehnquist
Concurrence White
Laws applied
U.S. Const. amend. I

Miami Herald Publishing Co. v. Tornillo, 418 U.S. 241 (1974), was a United States Supreme Court case that overturned a Florida state law requiring newspapers to allow equal space in their newspapers to political candidates in the case of a political editorial or endorsement content. In effect, it reaffirmed the constitutional principle of freedom of the press (detailed in the First Amendment) and prevented state governments from controlling the content of the press. It represents the medium with the most Constitutional protection, while Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. FCC represents the medium with the least protection: broadcast TV and radio.

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  • Text of Miami Herald Publishing Co. v. Tornillo, 418 U.S. 241 (1974) is available from: Justia · Findlaw



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