In most countries, the criminal law is contained in a single statute, known as the criminal, or penal, code. Although the criminal codes of most English-speaking countries are derived from English criminal law, England itself has never had a criminal code. Like many other early legal systems, it did not originally consist of substantive rights but rather of procedural remedies.
Here, I'll start going through the 15 early cases that show that courts and lawyers during the early years of the Republic understood the freedom of the press as extending to authors English cases of whether they were members of the press-as-industry.
For length reasons, this post will deal just with three English cases that were well-known in America; posts over the next couple of days will deal with the early American cases. Though the American cases follow the drafting of the First Amendment by one to five decades, they are entirely consistent with the s evidence discussed above.
I have seen no reason to think there was some change from a press-as-industry understanding in the s to a press-as-technology understanding as shown in those cases. If anything, the common definition of "press" was more clearly focused on the press-as-technology in the late s than it was in the s and s.
The only possibly relevant definition of "press" in Samuel Johnson's dictionary referred just to the printing press; the same was true of the edition and of Noah Webster's A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, published in America. Noah Webster's dictionary, on the other hand, included both the technology and the industry as possible meanings of "press" though the dictionary specifically defined the "liberty of the press" as a right of "every citizen" and as including the right to publish "books" and "pamphlets".
Likewise, the Oxford English Dictionary reports that the press-as-industry definition was just developing in the late s and early s, giving this as definition 3 d of "press": Newspapers, journals, and periodical literature collectively This use of the word appears to have originated in phrases such as the liberty of the press, to write for the press, to silence the press, etc.
Quotations before reflect the transition between these senses.
Yet despite that development, the s and s cases continued to treat the "freedom of the press" as being everyone's freedom to use the technology. If judges used such a meaning in the s and s, it would have been even more certainly used inwhen the alternative meaning of "press" to refer to the industry was just beginning to emerge.
These were not printers, newspaper publishers, or editors, but rather people who wrote books, pamphlets, newspaper ads, or letters and other submissions to the editor.
Sometimes the authors won and sometimes they lost: But in all these cases, the lawyers and the judges were willing to discuss the non-press-as-industry defendants' rights under the freedom of the press. And there is no record of anyone arguing that the defendants lacked such rights because they were not members of the press-as-industry.
Of these twelve cases, three are English, but I include them because American judges and lawyers understood them as being relevant to American constitutional law—both as evidence of the English "liberty of the press" as inherited by Americans at the Framing, and as influences on post-Framing American legal developments.
Justice Story's Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, to give just one example, refers to only five cases in the "liberty of the press" section, and two of them are English the Dean of St.
Asaph's Case and Burdett, both discussed below. The American freedom of the press was often seen as broader than the English common law definition, but I haven't seen sources suggesting that it was seen as narrower.
And, as the discussion below shows, the English cases are entirely consistent with the American cases on the question that we are discussing.
Shipley Dean of St. Asaph Cathedral, was prosecuted in for seditious libel for reprinting a pamphlet. The pamphlet itself was also written by someone who was not a journalist or printer, William Jones, a lawyer and judge. Thomas Erskine defended Shipley, arguing that the liberty of the press meant the jury had to determine whether the pamphlet was indeed libelous — an argument that assumed the liberty covered Shipley, who was not a member of the press-as-industry.
Lord Mansfield's opinion in Shipley rejected Erskine's argument, and followed the then-orthodox English rule that the judge would decide whether the publication was libelous. But Mansfield did not suggest that the liberty of the press was limited to members of the press-as-industry, which would have categorically excluded Shipley.
Rather, Mansfield wrote echoing Blackstone that "[t]he liberty of the press consists in printing without any previous licence, subject to the consequences of law.
And Erskine's defense was known and approved of in America. Both the case and Erskine's arguments were cited extensively in People v.
Croswell, the leading New York case that dealt with whether truth was a defense in libel cases. Erskine's position was quoted by the defense in the case United States v. Smith; though the reference was to the role of the jury generally, and not to free speech in particular, the detailed quotation of Erskine's speech to the jury suggests that the speech was known and respected in early America.
Later, Justice Story mentioned the "celebrated defense of Mr. Erskine, on the trial of the Dean of St. Asaph" in the freedom of the press section of his Commentaries on the Constitution.
The quotations gave no hint that Erskine's use of the liberty of the press to defend a churchman rather than a newspaperman was at all questionable.
Rather, they seem consistent with the American understanding of the right's being a right of "every citizen.
The Society published a word broadside, titled "An Address to the Volunteers of Ireland"; Rowan distributed it, which led to his being prosecuted for seditious libel. Rowan was a politician, not an editor or a printer.
Nonetheless, both the prosecutors and the defense counsel, John Philpot Curran, told the jury that the case touched on the "freedom of the press" or the "liberty of the press"; their disagreement was about whether Rowan's actions were an abuse of the freedom, and thus punishable.
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