In re Primus - Significance
Edna Smith Primus
Supreme Court of South Carolina
That the Disciplinary Board of the South Carolina Supreme Court, by issuing Primus a public reprimand, violated her First Amendment rights to freely engage in association as a political activity, as a cooperating lawyer with the ACLU.
Chief Lawyer for Appellant
Ray P. McClain
Chief Lawyer for Appellee
Richard B. Kale, Jr., Assistant Attorney General of South Carolina
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E. Burger, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (writing for the Court), John Paul Stevens, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White
William H. Rehnquist (William J. Brennan, Jr., did not participate)
Date of Decision
30 May 1978
The Court overturned the decision of the South Carolina Supreme Court and determined that Primus acted within her rights to free association as a representative of the ACLU, and should not have been reprimanded for improper solicitation.
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