The Roosevelt Panama Libel Case Against the New York World and Indianapolis News: Decision of Charles M. Hough, Judge of the United States Court for the Southern District of New York, and Albert B. Anderson, Judge of the United States Court for the District of Indians. Together with an Account of the Circumstances that Led to These Unprecendented Prosecutions on the Part of the United States Government, and a Stenographic Report of the Trial of the New York World

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New York World, 1910 - 109 páginas
 

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Página 88 - That the printing presses shall be free to every person who undertakes to examine the proceedings of the legislature or any branch of government : and no law shall ever be made to restrain the right thereof. The free communication of thoughts .and opinions is one of the invaluable rights of man ; and every citizen may freely speak, write and print on any subject, being responsible for the abuse of that liberty.
Página 95 - All laws should receive a sensible construction. General terms should be so limited in their application as not to lead to injustice, oppression, or an absurd consequence. It will always, therefore, be presumed that the legislature intended exceptions to its language, which would avoid results of this character. The reason of the law in such cases should prevail over its letter.
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Página 89 - ... any false, scandalous and malicious writing or writings against the government of the United States, or either house of the Congress of the United States...
Página 87 - That the freedom of the press is one of the great bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained but by despotic governments.
Página 78 - ... except such tolls and charges as may be imposed by the United States for the use of the canal and other works, and except tolls and charges imposed by the Republic of Panama upon merchandise destined to be introduced for the consumption of the rest of the Republic of Panama, and upon vessels touching at the ports of Colon and Panama and which do not cross the canal.
Página 89 - I considered, and now consider, that law to be a nullity, as absolute and as palpable as if Congress had ordered us to fall down and worship a golden image ; and that it was as much my duty to arrest its execution in every stage, as it would have been to have rescued from the fiery furnace those who should have been cast into it for refusing to worship the image.
Página 95 - That appeals or writs of error may be taken from the district courts or from the existing circuit courts direct to the Supreme Court...
Página 94 - The title of an Act cannot control Its words, but may furnish some aid In showing what was In the mind of the Legislature. The title of this Act Is, 'An Act for the Punishment of Certain Crimea against the united States.
Página 89 - ... any false, scandalous, and malicious writings against the Government of the United States, or either House of the Congress, or the President, with intent to defame them, or to bring them into contempt or disrepute, or to excite against them the hatred of the good people of the United States...

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