Free Speech on Trial: Jailed But Re-elected

Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Michael Boldin

“In a time of political turmoil, when criticism of the government could land you behind bars, Matthew Lyon, a congressman and fierce critic of the Federalist administration of John Adams, dared to defy the Sedition Act, a law that criminalized free speech. This would lead to an extraordinary story of the only person in US history to be re-elected – while in jail. It’s also a tale of government power being used to target opponents.” (06/03/24)