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Cantwell v. Connecticut 310 U.S. 296 (1940) Facts:  Jehovahs Witnesses’ Newton Cantwell, Jesse Cantwell, and Russell Cantwell were arrested  and charged with five counts. The Cantwells’ were going door-to-door on Cassius Street in New  Haven, Connecticut promoting their religion. Each was equipped with a bag of books and pamphlets,  as well as a portable phonograph that described their books. If one refused to buy a book, the  Newtons’ requested a contribution toward their cause. If a contribution was given, the donor would  receive a pamphlet under the condition that it was actually read. It should be noted that 90 percent of  the neighborhood was Roman Catholic, and one of the phonograph records attacked the Catholic  religion. The Newtons’ appealed to the Supreme Court. Most of the charges held. However, the fifth  count regarding a breach of peace was ordered a new trial.
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