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" ... any false, scandalous and malicious writing or writings against the government of the United States... "
TRIAL OF ANDREW JOHNSON - Page 412
1868
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The American Paradox: Politics and Justice

Patrick J. Gallo - Law - 1999 - 394 pages
...or measures of the government of the United States"; or counseling or advising such opposition; or writing, printing, uttering, or publishing "any false,...writings against the government of the United States, or the President of the United States with intent to defame ... or to bring them or either of them,...
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The Creation of America: Through Revolution to Empire

Francis Jennings - History - 2000 - 340 pages
...such as he suspects of treasonable machinations. The Sedition Act punished with fine and imprisonment "any false, scandalous and malicious writing or writings against the government of the United States . . . with intent to defame the said government." It was a republican government's version of lese...
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Reckless Legislation: How Lawmakers Ignore the Constitution

Michael A. Bamberger - Law - 2000 - 233 pages
...Sedition Act criminalized the publication of "any false, scandalous or malicious writing . . . against the Government of the United States, or either House of the Congress, with intent to defame . . . or to bring them . . . into contempt or disrepute."20 There was considerable...
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Law and the Web of Society

Cynthia L. Cates, Wayne V. McIntosh - Political Science - 2001 - 272 pages
...by a $5,000 fine and five years in prison, 'if any person shall write, print, utter or publish . . . any false, scandalous and malicious writing or writings...the United States, or either house of the Congress .... or the President . . . , with intent to defame ... or to bring them, or either of them, into contempt...
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In the News: American Journalists View Their Craft

Jerry W. Knudson - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2000 - 291 pages
...dollars for anyone writing, printing, or making any "false, scandalous, and malicious" statement "against the Government of the United States, or either house of the Congress of the United States, with intent to defame ... or to bring them . . . into contempt or disrepute." There were some twenty-five...
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Madison V. Marshall: Popular Sovereignty, Natural Law, and the United States ...

Guy Padula - History - 2002 - 208 pages
...and at least two Republican newspapers were shut down.152 The law made it a crime to utter or publish "any false, scandalous, and malicious writing or writings against the Government of the United States, with intent to defame ... or to bring them into contempt or disrepute."1'3 Not only was a congressman,...
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Communities of Journalism: A History of American Newspapers and Their Readers

David Paul Nord, Professor of Journalism and American Studies David Paul Nord - Language Arts & Disciplines - 2001 - 293 pages
...every sort. By 1798 the government had had enough; Congress passed the Sedition Law, an act to punish "any false, scandalous, and malicious writing or writings against the government of the United States."1i Under the Sedition Law twenty-five persons were arrested, ten tried, and ten convicted —...
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Historic U.S. Court Cases: An Encyclopedia, Volume 2

John W. Johnson - Law - 2001 - 1089 pages
...to "write, print, utter or publish . . . any false, scandalous and malicious writing . . . against the government of the United States, or either house of the Congress ... or the President . . . with intent to defame ... or to bring them, or any of them, into contempt...
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Student's Guide to Landmark Congressional Laws on the First Amendment

Clyde E. Willis, Steven Greene Livingston - Law - 2002 - 232 pages
...Communist Party and implicitly at the USSR. The 1798 Sedition Act was directed at "any person . . . writing, printing, uttering or publishing any false,...malicious writing or writings against the government." Likewise, the 1918 Sedition Act was directed to "whoever, when the United States is at war, shall willfully...
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Lincoln's Constitution

Daniel A. Farber - History - 2004 - 256 pages
...The Sedition Act attempted to suppress criticism of the government. This law made it a crime to print "any false, scandalous, and malicious writing or writings...either House of the Congress of the United States, with intent to defame ... or to bring them . . . into contempt or disrepute."3 Having lost the struggle...
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