Thornhill v. Alabama
Significance, Court Upholds Labor Pickets As Exercise Of Freedom Of Speech, Related Cases
State of Alabama
That an Alabama statute prohibiting all picketing, even peaceful labor demonstrations, violated his First Amendment right to freedom of speech.
Chief Lawyers for Petitioner
James J. Mayfield, Joseph A. Padway
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
William H. Loeb
Justices for the Court
Hugo Lafayette Black, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter, Charles Evans Hughes, Frank Murphy (writing for the Court), Stanley Forman Reed, Owen Josephus Roberts, Harlan Fiske Stone
James Clark McReynolds
Date of Decision
22 April 1940
The Supreme Court overturned the anti-picketing statute.
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