This lesson focuses on issues relating to injunctions against speech. It is designed for students who have studied these issues in class, and who have a strong working knowledge of the material, but who wish to further refine and develop their understanding. This lesson has 12 main questions (and a number of subparts).
On completion of the lesson, the student will be able to:
1. Discuss the concept of prior restraints of speech, particularly in the context of defamation, national security, and obscenity.
2. Analyze the conflict between court orders ("gag orders") and speech.
3. Explain why courts have been more inclined to permit orders and restrictions on obscenity.