Cox v. Louisiana - Significance, Protests In Baton Rouge, No Breach Of Peace, Public Passages Not Obstructed, Picketing Before A Courthouse
Reverend B. Elton Cox
State of Louisiana
That the convictions under a local breach-of-the-peace law of a minister leading a peaceful protest against segregation policies violated his First Amendment rights of free speech.
Chief Lawyers for Appellant
Nils Douglas (I) and Carl Rachlin (II)
Chief Lawyer for Appellee
Ralph L. Roy
Justices for the Court
Hugo L. Black, William J. Brennan, Jr., Tom C. Clark, William O. Douglas, Arthur Goldberg (writing for the Court), Potter Stewart, Earl Warren
John Marshall Harlan II, Byron R. White
Date of Decision
18 January 1965
The two rulings were in favor of Cox and reversed two lower court decisions convicting him of illegal speech and assembly.
- Cantwell v. Connecticut, 310 U.S. 296 (1940).
- Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, 315 U.S. 568 (1942).
- Edwards v. South Carolina, 372 U.S. 229 (1963).
- Adderley v. Florida, 385 U.S. 39 (1966).
West's Encyclopedia of American Law. Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN: West Publishing, 1998.
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