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Unformatted text preview: Whitney v California 274 U.S. 357 (1927) Facts : The defendant in the case is Anita Whitney; a member of the Communist Labor Party, who attended a convention in Oakland in which she called for a moderate resolution that would achieve the party’s goals through political process. Although this platform was defeated by a more militant national resolution, Whitney remained a member of the party. Whitney was then charged and convicted with violating the California Criminal Syndicalism Act; an act which prohibited anyone to knowingly become a member of any organization that advocates “the commission of crime, sabotage, or unlawful acts of force and violence or unlawful methods of terrorism as a means of accomplishing a change in industrial ownership or control, or effecting any political change.” She testified that it had not been her intention that the party political change....
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- Fall '08
- Anita Whitney, California Criminal Syndicalism, Criminal Syndicalism Act, Communist Labor Party