Unformatted text preview: Feiner v. New York 340 U.S. 315 (1951) Facts: The defendant, Irving Feiner, was convicted of disorderly conduct under violation of Section 722 of the Penal law of New York. Section 722 states that “any person who with intent to provoke a breach of the peace…commits any of the following acts shall be deemed to have committed the offense of disorderly conduct: 1. Use offensive, disorderly, threatening, abusive or insulting language, conduct or behavior…” On March 8, 1949, the defendant was making an inflammatory speech on a street corner in the City of Syracuse. He addressed the crowd through a loudspeaker system attached to a car while standing on a box. The speech was meant to draw listeners to attend a meeting that was to be held at Syracuse Hotel later that evening. A mixed crowd of about seventy-five to eighty people filled the sidewalk and spread out into the street. In his speech, the defendant made derogatory remarks concerning President Truman, the American legion, the Mayor of Syracuse, and other local political...
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- First Amendment to the United States Constitution, disorderly conduct, Arrest, Chief Justice Vinson, Irving Feiner