Liberty of speech

LIBERTY OF SPEECH. The right given by the constitution and the laws to public support in speaking facts or opinions.
     2. In a republican government like ours, liberty of speech cannot be extended too far, when its object is the public good. It is, therefore, wisely provided by the constitution of the United States, that members of congress shall not be called to account for anything said in debate; and similar provisions are contained in the constitutions of the several states in relation to the members of their respective legislatures. This right, however, does not extend beyond the mere speaking; for if a member of congress were to reduce his speech to writing and cause it to be printed, it would no longer bear a privileged character and he might be held responsible for a libel, as any other individual. Bac. Ab. Libel, B.* See Debate.
     3. The greatest latitude is allowed by the common law to counsel; in the discharge of his professional duty he may use strong epithets, however derogatory to other persons they may be, if pertinent to the cause, and stated in his instructions, whether the thing were true or false. But if he were maliciously to travel out of his case for the purpose of slandering another, he would be liable to an action, and amenable to a just and often more efficacious punishment inflicted by public opinion. 3 Chit. Pr. 887. No respectable counsel will indulge himself with unjust severity; and it is doubtless the duty of the court to prevent any such abuse.

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Yards, furlongs, miles arose; and on went old John in the pleasantest manner possible, trimming off an exuberance in this place, shearing away some liberty of speech or action in that, and conducting himself in his small way with as much high mightiness and majesty, as the most glorious tyrant that ever had his statue reared in the public ways, of ancient or of modern times.
I may say that we were all fairly intimate friends, and thus had the advantage of entire liberty of speech.
It seems to me," returned De Wardes, "that liberty of speech is allowed, when it is supported by every means which a man of courage has at his disposal.
Throughout his army exists a boundless liberty of speech.
allows liberty of speech, including liberty to criticize religion or particular religions, but he warns against the use of such liberty (especially through anti-Muslim speech) to inflict resentment or avoidable suffering on others.
The leftward leaning academy may be awakened to the socialist threat only when its retirement benefits and its liberty of speech are threatened.
Isayev praised the substantial democratic freedoms in Kuwait, namely the liberty of speech, equality of citizens according to laws and political freedoms enjoyed by women.
the full liberty of speech in public and in private upon all subjects upon which its own citizens might speak; to hold public meetings upon political affairs, and to keep and carry arms wherever they went" (emphasis added).
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals asked the seven justices to decide if LAX is a public forum under the California Constitution's liberty of speech clause and, if so, whether a city ordinance regulating solicitors there violates that clause.
and it would give them the full liberty of speech in public and in private upon all subjects upon which its own citizens might speak.
They claim it is liberty of speech but when a person in the West says or writes anything offensive about the holocaust he faces legal charges and could be imprisoned," Jaikat added, before explaining a hadeeth (saying) uttered by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), "In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful, Revile not those unto whom they pray beside Allah lest they wrongfully revile Allah through ignorance.
So the two went their separate eternal ways, both shaking their heads about hair-splitting distinctions that can restrict or expand free speech in a country that professes to make no laws on free speech but has never allowed unrestricted liberty of speech.

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