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Adderley v. Florida

Significance, Impact, Further Readings


Harriett Louise Adderley, et al.


State of Florida

Petitioner's Claim

That the arrest of 107 demonstrators petitioning on the property of the Leon County jail was a breach of their rights to free speech, assembly, petition, equal protection of the laws, and due process of law.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Richard Yale Feder

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

William D. Roth, Assistant Attorney General of Florida

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black (writing for the Court), William O. Douglas, John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

William J. Brennan, Jr., William O. Douglas, Abe Fortas, Earl Warren


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

14 November 1966


Upheld the decision affirmed by the Florida Circuit Court and the district court of appeals allowing the protection of public property through the use of private property trespass law. Also ruled that the plaintiffs' First and Fourteenth Amendment rights were not violated.

Related Cases

  • Edwards v. South Carolina, 372 U.S. 229 (1963).
  • Cox v. Louisiana, 379 U.S. 559 (1965).

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