Terminiello v. Chicago - Significance, Impact
Father Arthur Terminiello
City of Chicago
That the Chicago ordinance against disturbing the peace violated Terminiello's right of free expression as guaranteed by the First Amendment.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Albert W. Dilling
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
L. Louis Karton
Justices for the Court
Hugo Lafayette Black, William O. Douglas (writing for the Court), Frank Murphy, Stanley Forman Reed, Wiley Blount Rutledge
Harold Burton, Felix Frankfurter, Robert H. Jackson, Fred Moore Vinson
Date of Decision
16 May 1949
Reversed Illinois decision affirming Terminiello's conviction for disturbing the peace on grounds that the trial judge's instructions to the jury defined "breach of peace" too narrowly.
- Cantwell v. Connecticut, 310 U.S. 296 (1940).
- Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, 315 U.S. 568 (1942).
- Kunz v. New York, 340 U.S. 290 (1951).
- Feiner v. New York, 340 U.S. 315 (1951).
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- Kalven, Harry, Jr. A Worthy Tradition: Freedom of Speech in America. New York: Harper and Row, 1988.
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- Newsweek, May 30, 1949.
- Time, May 30, 1949.
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