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Pruneyard Shopping Center v. Robins

Significance, The State's Constitutional Guarantee Of Free Speech, The First Amendment Concerns, Related Cases


Pruneyard Shopping Center and Fred Sahadi, owner


Michael Robins, et al.

Appellant's Claim

That a provision of the California Constitution guaranteeing an individual's right to free speech at privately owned shopping centers violates the owner's property and free speech rights under the First, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Max L. Gillam, Jr.

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Philip L. Hammer

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist (writing for the Court), John Paul Stevens, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

9 June 1980


Denied the appellant's claim and affirmed the ruling of the California Supreme Court.


Joan Biskupic and Elder Witt, Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, 1997.

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