Re: IRS, Schiff, and Economic Freedom

Michael Lorrey (
Sun, 09 Nov 1997 23:15:38 -0500

JD wrote:
> 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 general right to freedom of speech was superseded by my specific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?
> JD

There are no limits in the first amendment. However, a contract may ask
implicitly or explicitly for you to waive its exercise under certain
circumstances. In this case, your agreement to waive your rights to
exercise speech freely are voluntarily contstrained, unless you find
some other way to nullify the contract.

			Michael Lorrey
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