COHEN v. CALIFORNIA (1971) blurred lines in the fighting words area
Defendant wore a jacket with Fuck the Draft clearly on it in an L.A. courthouse corridor, where
women & children were present. Stated he did so to inform the public of his feelings
FEINER v. NEW YORK (1951) Who is the polices obligation to?
A petitioner gave a speech in a predominantly black community denouncing the mayor and
president of the U.S., and stated that the negroes needed to rise up in arms and fight for their
CHAPLINSKY v. NEW HAMPSHIRE (1942) states can ban the use of fighting words
A Jehovahs Witness was denouncing organized religion on public streets and was
warned by the city marshal to go slow, but continued and a disturbance occurred. While being
Notes on Political Theorists
Values sought by society in protecting freedom of speech:
o Assuring individual self fulfillment
o Means of attaining truth
o Method of securing participation
o Maintaining the balance between stability and change
SOME KEY TERMS FOR INTERPRETING CASE BRIEFINGS
Defendant The one who is accusing the other or wrongdoing.
Respondent The one being accused of the wrongdoing.
Dissent the opinions that vary from the official or the majority; in context of law, the
The First Amendment
April 10, 2014
Old News at Ole Miss: Expressions of Racism and Why They Continue to Hang Around
A security blanket seems to be covering the eyes of the nation on the issue of race that cannot be