The Taft Court (1921–30)

First Amendment

In what decision did the Taft Court rule that the First Amendment Free Speech and Press clauses extended to the states?

The Taft Court ruled in Gitlow v. New York (1925) that the First Amendment freedoms of speech and press applied to the states via the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause. The Due Process Clause provides that no state shall infringe on “life, liberty or property without due process of law.” The Supreme Court in Gitlow determined that the term “liberty” in the Due Process Clause includes the freedom of speech and press found in the First Amendment.


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