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Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire I. In 1942, a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses was convicted in the municipal court of Rochester, New Hampshire, for violation of the Public Laws of New Hampshire. Chaplinsky was distributing literature of his sect in the streets of Rochester on a busy Saturday afternoon. Some citizens complained to Bowering, the City Marshal, but he told them Chaplinsky was lawfully engaged. He then warned him that the crowd was getting restless. A fight broke out, and Chaplinsky was pulled from the scene to the police station. He wasn’t told he was being arrested, and when Bowering came to the scene, Chaplinsky asked him to arrest the men who caused the disturbance. While being pulled away, Chaplinsky repeatedly said, “You are a God damned racketeer” and “a damned Fascist and the whole government of Rochester are Fascists or agents of Fascists”. He was arrested for, and later convicted of, using offensive language in public.
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  • Fall '08
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  • Supreme Court of the United States, First Amendment to the United States Constitution, Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, New Hampshire, Chaplinsky

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