Re: IRS, Schiff, and Economic Freedom

JD (
Sat, 08 Nov 1997 23:04:25 -0600

At 08:08 AM 11/9/97 -0500, you wrote:
>Pat Fallon wrote:
>> However, if I am hired by a client and sign an
>> agreement not to reveal his confidential information, I cannot later
>> publish it and claim my 1st Amendment right of freedom of speech. My
>> general right to freedom of speech was superseded by my specific
>> contractual agreement not to publish this information.

Is there a "general right to freedom of speech?" Does the First Amendment
say "The people shall enjoy at all times and in all circumstances a general
right to freedom of speech?" If not, what does the First Amendment say
about freedom of speech? To what specific body are the prohibitions in the
First Amendment directed? Given the new knowledge gained from your reading
of the clause about which you write, did the hypothetical contract you
signed actually supersede any provision of the First Amendment?