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Collin v. Smith

Significance, Nazis Must Be Allowed To March, Further Readings


Albert Smith, President of the Village of Skokie, Illinois


Frank Collin, on behalf of the National Socialist Party of America

Plaintiff's Claim

That Skokie had illegally prevented the American Nazis from holding a political march.

Chief Lawyer for Plaintiff

Gilbert Gordon, Harvey Schwartz

Chief Defense Lawyer

David A. Goldberger


U.S. District Court Judge Bernard M. Decker


Chicago, Illinois

Date of Decision

2 December 1977


That Skokie could not prevent the Nazis from marching.

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