Marsh v. Alabama
Significance, The Special Case Of A Company Town, The Rights Of Property Owners, The Consequences Of Marsh V. Alabama
State of Alabama
That she had the freedom to distribute religious literature of the Jehovah's Witnesses on a "public" street in the company-owned town of Chickasaw, Alabama, despite the privately owned town's refusal to issue her a permit and the Alabama state law supporting property owners' right to ask individuals to leave their property.
Chief Lawyer for Appellant
Hayden C. Covington
Chief Lawyers for Appellee
William M. McQueen, Attorney General of Alabama, and John O. Harris, Assistant Attorney General of Alabama
Justices for the Court
Hugo Lafayette Black (writing for the Court), William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter, Robert H. Jackson, Frank Murphy, Owen Josephus Roberts, Wiley Blount Rutledge
Harold Burton, Stanley Forman Reed, Harlan Fiske Stone (Robert H. Jackson did not participate)
Date of Decision
7 January 1946
The First and the Fourteenth Amendments prohibit states from imposing punishment on people who distribute religious literature, even in a company town; therefore, Marsh's conviction was overturned.
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