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The First Amendment

· Donald koch

In his role as CEO of Koch Asset Management, Donald L. Koch guides clients in making financial decisions that will allow them to meet their investment goals. With the establishment of the Koch Charitable Foundation, Donald L. Koch also helps high school and college students learn about the country’s founding documents, such as the Bill of Rights and the protections it offers. The Bill of Rights is made up of the first 10 amendments to the US Constitution.

The First Amendment addresses individual liberties, including the right to speak, and forbids the government from passing any laws that would restrict or remove this right. Freedom of speech, however, doesn’t allow people to say anything they want. In the most common illustration of this, a person does not have an unfettered right to yell "fire" in a crowded building, thereby causing someone else to be injured. In this case, there are legal consequences. The First Amendment also covers other forms of expression, including what is said in print. Writing something damaging that’s known to be untrue about another person, for example, is called libel, and again, there are legal consequences.

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