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Book: The U.S. Constitution in Five Minutes

Chapter: 31. Does the Constitution Protect the Right to Lie?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43591


Although lies are not an inherently worthy form of free speech, false statements of fact are inevitably part of public debate, and it’s difficult to prohibit lying without chilling legitimate expression at the same time. As a result, the United States Constitution effectively protects the right to lie.

Chapter Contributors

  • Keith J. Bybee ( - kbybee) 'Syracuse University'