Professor O’Neill Participates in Sound of Ideas Radio Show; Presents at CLE Seminar

On October 4, 2018, Professor Kevin O’Neill appeared on WCPN-FM’s “Sound of Ideas” show to discuss First Amendment history, focusing on an anti-war speech delivered in Canton, Ohio 100 years ago by Socialist leader Eugene V. Debs. President Woodrow Wilson’s Justice Department sought to punish Debs for that speech, which opposed U.S. intervention in World War I. Debs was criminally prosecuted under the Espionage Act and given a ten-year jail sentence that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld in Debs v. United States, 249 U.S. 211 (1919). On October 5, 2018, Professor O’Neill spoke at a CLE seminar, “The Eugene V. Debs Centennial,” on the differing modes of legal analysis that courts employed in deciding Espionage Act cases during the World War I era.

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