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Unformatted text preview: Chaplinsky v. State of New Hampshire, 315 U.S. 568 (1942) I. Facts: In the later part of November 1941 Walter Chaplinsky (Jehovah Witness) was using the Rochester downtown sidewalk as his personal soapbox denouncing organized religion as a “Racket”. After a large crowd of people began to slow traffic in the streets near by police officers brought him in to the headquarters. Along the way the station Chaplinsky ran into a Marshall that he had previously spoken with and had told him to keep it down and don’t make a scene. Chaplinsky ran into the Marshall again and this is when he attacked him verbally. This is when Chaplinsky was accused of saying to the Marshall "You are a God-damned racketeer" and "a damned Fascist" and was arrested. Chaplinsky version was a little different in the fact that he said that the Marshall cursed at him and told him to move it along. Chaplinsky agreed to the words he said to the Marshall with the exception of the word “God”....
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2009 for the course CJUS 3166 taught by Professor Dr.holt during the Spring '09 term at UNC Charlotte.
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