William O. Douglas: Dissent in Dennis v. United States

(1951)

In William O. Douglas’s years on the bench, a variety of cases came before the Supreme Court that fundamentally affected American public life and the concepts of individual and civil rights. His long tenure was also marked by major international conflicts, such as World War II, the cold war, and the Vietnam War, as well as major domestic movements, notably the civil rights movement. His opinions demonstrate his judicial priorities—protection of civil and individual rights, including the right to privacy; near-absolute deference to the First Amendment; and environmental...

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