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National Association for the Advancement of Colored People


State of Alabama

Petitioner's Claim

That the state of Alabama could not force the association to produce a list including the names and addresses of its members and agents, and that a temporary restraining order barring the association from operation in Alabama was unconstitutional.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Robert L. Carter

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Edmond L. Rinehart, Assistant Attorney General of Alabama

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black, William J. Brennan, Jr., Harold Burton, Tom C. Clark, William O. Douglas, John Marshall Harlan II (writing for the Court), Potter Stewart, Earl Warren, Charles Evans Whittaker

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

30 June 1958


That the state's demand for a complete membership list was unconstitutional given Fourteenth Amendment protection of the right of free association and the right of pursuit of one's lawful interests; the Court did allow the restraining order barring the association from operating in Alabama to stand by refusing to consider the association's challenge.

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To whom it may concern,

I hope and pray that someone will get this letter before our time expires. My brotherDon Ray Thompson Jr. is currently locked up in Mobile Alabama because he was misrepresented in a drug related case that the state of Alabama is giving him 10 years of Federal time. My brother has never been in any real trouble and a very hard worker. When he was young my brother took a bad route which he had to make a decision of going to jail or going to job corps. He chose job corps and during his time there he earned a degree in culinary arts. After finishing job corps he went into the Navy and did some time there. He later got out of the Navy and joined in The Merchant Marines. My brother later was a head chef on a Hawiian cruise ship which he was the only cook. After coming home for awhile he decided not to go back because he was so tired ofalways being away from myself, my children which he was always gone so wasn't really able to be around and be the best Uncle that he is. He tried to collect unemployment and they denied him twicw. This is what brings all of this situation on. He turned to the streets to survive eating and having all the nice things that he was so use to. My brother stated selling drugs enough to survive. The state of Alabama has labled my brother as a threat to society and I know that they have him labled wrong to the fullest. My brother will give his last and I am not just saying that because he is my brother I am saying that because that is his person. He had a gn that he had purchased 2years ago and they are tring to say that the gun was used for the distrubution for the drugs. My brother was not into that stuff during the time that he purchased that gun. The gun was originally for the protection of his grandmother in Alabama because her home kept getting broke into. That was another reason why he did not go back on the cruise ship. I know he did wrong for out there trying to sell drugs but he does not deserve to do 10 years over it. He knows that he was wrong and he will except his punishment. Our fight with this matter is that his lawyer told him to plead guilty and they would drop the gun charges. My brother has no clue or idea of how the judicial system works. He listened to his court appointed lawyer and all at the end; my brother wound up representing himself and his lawyer just sat there. They threw back on the gun charges also additional charges. But the one thing that really bothers me is my brother was told that " wow for you to be 32 years you have never been in any trouble". Just think about that statement for a minute. PLEASE HELP ME THE BEST YOU CAN! I am pleading for someone to help us. I am a single mother of four living in Fayetteilee NC. If you can please forward this letter into the hands where it needs to be. God knows that I know my brother did wrong but he did not kill anyone. People that has done worst is out here in this world and never even served a week in jail. I am doing all that I can because I can not be there for him; but I try to keep my head up like he always tell me. morning he was schedualed to go to court this being his third schedualed date the words that he told me willl never leave my heart. He told me not to worry about him because God was calling on him to take care of some business for him. He also told me that if he knew that I was going to be crying and worried about him he would not be able to do Gods work for him. My brother has changed his whole life around and people do not know him as well as I do. I beleive he is sincere to His Lord, nad I stand on his side ALL the way. I hope that this message gets into the hands where it needs to be. We have until Tuesday Sept. 15th 2008 to appeal this matter. Please forward this letter if you get it. God Bless you and Thank you for Listening.

P.S. His girlfriend is in Alabama and she has been with him for the last three months and we are just trying to do all that we can but neither of us know where to start. I am enclosing her information along with mine. Thank You.

LaKesha Cooper



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