Whitney v. California
Significance, Supreme Court Upholds California Criminal Syndicalism Law, The California Criminal Syndicalism Act, Further Readings
Charlotte Anita Whitney
People of the State of California
That a 1919 California criminal syndicalism law violated the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and association.
Chief Lawyers for Appellant
Walter H. Pollak, Walter Nelles
Chief Lawyers for Appellee
John H. Riordan, U. S. Webb
Justices for the Court
Louis D. Brandeis, Pierce Butler, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Clark McReynolds, Edward Terry Sanford (writing for the Court), Harlan Fiske Stone, George Sutherland, William Howard Taft, Willis Van Devanter
Date of Decision
26 May 1927
The Supreme Court upheld the California law.
- Schenck v. United States, 249 U.S. 47 (1919).
- Dennis v. United States, 341 U.S. 494 (1951).
- Brandenburg v. Ohio, 395 U.S. 444 (1969).
Levy, Leonard W., ed. Encyclopedia of the American Constitution. New York: Macmillan, 1986.
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