Sir William Blackstone

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“The liberty of the press is indeed essential to the nature of a free state: but this consists in laying no previous restraints upon publications, and not in freedom from censure for criminal matter when published. Every freeman has an undoubted right to lay what sentiments he pleases before the public: to forbid this, is to destroy the freedom of the press: but if he publishes what is improper, mischievous, or illegal, he must take the consequence of his own temerity.”
– Blackstone

b. 1723 CE – d. 1780 CE

Sir William Blackstone was a judge, politician and scholar most well-known for his work, Commentaries on the Laws of England. It may be considered a handbook of the law that was used as the basis for legal education in both the UK and the United States.

Works By Sir William Blackstone