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Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, 17–1702

Held that a private entity operating public access cable TV channels was not subject to First Amendment constraints on its editorial discretion. The producers of a controversial documentary film contended that the nonprofit corporation running the public access channels was a state actor because it was exercising a function traditionally exclusively reserved to the State, and therefore was subject to suit for violating their free speech rights. However, the U.S. Supreme Court disagreed. Justice Kavanaugh delivered the opinion of the 5-4 Court.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2019/06/17

Judges

  • Kavanaugh

Court

  • United States Supreme Court

Counsel