Broadrick v. Oklahoma
Significance, "overbreadth" Called Into Question, The Dissent On First Amendment Grounds
William M. Broadrick and two other state employees
Oklahoma State Personnel Board
That Section 818 of the Oklahoma State Merit System Act, which forbids state employees from taking part in political fund-raising or campaigning except as private citizens, was overbroad and vague, thus forbidding activities which are constitutionally protected under the First Amendment.
Chief Lawyer for Appellant
John C. Buckingham
Chief Lawyer for Appellee
Mike D. Martin, Assistant Attorney General of Oklahoma
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E. Burger, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White (writing for the Court)
William J. Brennan, Jr., William O. Douglas
Date of Decision
25 June 1973
That Section 818 was constitutional as applied to the actions for which appellants were charged, and that it was not sufficiently overbroad to justify their challenge that it might be applied unconstitutionally to others.
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- Coates v. Cincinnati, 402 U.S. 611 (1971).
- Civil Service Commission v. Letter Carriers, 413 U.S. 548 (1973).
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