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Thornhill v. Alabama - Significance, Court Upholds Labor Pickets As Exercise Of Freedom Of Speech, Related Cases

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Peititioner

Byron Thornhill

Respondent

State of Alabama

Petitioner's Claim

That an Alabama statute prohibiting all picketing, even peaceful labor demonstrations, violated his First Amendment right to freedom of speech.

Chief Lawyers for Petitioner

James J. Mayfield, Joseph A. Padway

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

William H. Loeb

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter, Charles Evans Hughes, Frank Murphy (writing for the Court), Stanley Forman Reed, Owen Josephus Roberts, Harlan Fiske Stone

Justices Dissenting

James Clark McReynolds

Place

Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

22 April 1940

Decision

The Supreme Court overturned the anti-picketing statute.

Further Readings

  • Bracken, Harry M. Freedom of Speech: Words Are Not Deeds. Westport, CT: Praeger, 1994.
  • Gordon, Colin. New Deals: Business, Labor, and Politics in America, 1920-1935. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1994.
  • Whitehead, John W. The Right to Picket and the Freedom of Public Discourse. Westchester, IL: Crossway Books, 1984.
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