- Minneapolis Star Tribune Company v. Commissioner
Minneapolis Star Tribune Company v. Commissioner
Supreme Court of the United States
Argued January 12, 1983
Decided March 29, 1983
Full case name Minneapolis Star Tribune Company v. Commissioner Citations 460 U.S. 575 (more)
75 L. Ed.2d, 103 S. Ct. 1365 (1983)
Prior history 314 N.W.2d 201 (Min. 1981) Holding Special taxes imposed on ink and paper are unconstitutional under the First Amendment. Court membershipChief Justice
Warren E. Burger
Case opinions Majority O'Connor, joined by Brennan, Marshall, Blackmun, Stevens, Powell Concurrence White (concurring in part, dissenting in part) Dissent Rehnquist Laws applied U.S. Const. amend. I
On its face, this ruling finds that state tax systems cannot treat the press differently than any other business without significant and substantial justification. The state of Minnesota demonstrated no such justification to impose a special tax on a select few newspaper publishers. Therefore, this tax was in violation of the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of the press.
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