Unformatted text preview: petition, due process of law and equal protection of the laws as guaranteed by the First and Fourteenth Amendments? Reasoning: The Court found that there were no constitutional violations in this case. The language of the Florida statute was clearly defined and applied, argued Justice Black, which prevented it from imposing broad infringements on speech and expression rights. Furthermore, since the sheriff acted to maintain access to the jail house and not because he "objected to what was being sung . . . or disagreed with the objectives of the protest," there were no First Amendment violations. Black concluded that the state does have the power to control its own property for lawful, nondiscriminatory purposes. This was not a place that was commonly used for the public....
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- Spring '10
- Florida Supreme Court, county sheriff, iet Adderley