Our New Look
John Paul Stevens
Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
As a matter of constitutional tradition, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, we presume that governmental regulation of the content of speech is more likely to interfere with the free exchange of ideas than to encourage it. The interest in encouraging freedom of expression in a democratic society outweighs any theoretical but unproven benefit of censorship.
Jun. 26, 1997 - from the majority opinion of the Court, which struck down the Clinton
Communications Decency Act
that sought to regulate Internet content