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New York Times vs United States The New York Times is a respectable newspaper established in 1851 by Henry J Raymond It was taken over by Adolph S Ochs in 1896 and his descendants still run it The New York Times staff has won more Pulitzer Prizes than any other newspapers staff The newspaper is known today as one of the mainstays in the journalism world The United States Government in the late sixties - early seventies was in a time of tremendous turmoil The Executive branch under the direction of the Nixon Administration received lots of criticism for some of its dishonest policies and handling of the federal government President Nixon however went on to resign due to the Watergate scandal a scandal that tarnished his presidency forever The Pentagon Papers is a secret name given to a secret study done by the US Department of Defense Under the Nixon Administration to review the actions and policies in South east Asia that led to the Vietnam War In 1971 Daniel Ellsberg who had access to this study released it to the press While most of the media ignored the documents The New York Times published them in a series of articles beginning on June 13 1971 The Federal government got a ruling from a lower court to halt the publication of these documents therefore impeding on the Times right of freedom of the press The case reached the Supreme Court on June 26 1971 and a 6 to 3 vote in favor of The New York Times was handed down on June 30 1971 The Justices on the case were Thurgood Marshall Potter Stewart Byron White Harry Blackmun John Harlan Hugo Black William Brennan William O Douglas and Chief Justice Warren Burger Justices Burger Blackmun and Harlan dissented while all others were in favor of The New York Times The time constraint had a major effect on the ruling the ruling was
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