The 1st amendment

By Sofiu Ogunbiyi

Word for Word Definition

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Court Case

Miller v. California: Marvin Miller, the appellant, fought against the state of California because the states definition of obscenity conflicted with that set by the U.S Supreme Court. The court vacated and remanded the case, effectiviy affirming the lower courts' verdict.
Brain v. Oil Corp: Brain an article writer for the Texas time was sued by an oil company for writing a negative article about the there company. Brain wrote about how the company was taking the land of other to drill for oil. Brain felt that what there was doing was wrong and that the whole world should know what they were doing. Now the oil company is suing him for writing the article and they are also claiming that what he said in the article was not true even though it clearly was. Thanks to the first amendment Brain was protected and was not found guilty.
Leavitt, Amie Jane. Bill of Rights in Translation : What It Really Means. Mankato: Capstone, 2009. Ebook.

Jones, Molly. First Amendment : Freedom of Speech, the Press, and Religion. New York: Rosen Central, 2011. Ebook