Pennsylvania v. Nelson
Significance, Cold Warriors Outraged By Court's Decision In Favor Of Communist Party Leader
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
That the Pennsylvania Supreme Court erred in overturning the conviction of Nelson, a Communist Party leader, under the state's antisedition law.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Frank F. Truscott, Special Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Herbert S. Thatcher
Justices for the Court
Hugo Lafayette Black, Tom C. Clark, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter, John Marshall Harlan II, Earl Warren (writing for the Court)
Harold Burton, Sherman Minton, Stanley Forman Reed
Date of Decision
2 April 1956
The U.S. Supreme Court found the Pennsylvania antisedition law unconstitutional and upheld the reversal of Nelson's conviction.
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