United States v. O'Brien
Significance, Draft Card Burning
David Paul O'Brien
That a federal law prohibiting the destruction of draft cards is not a violation of the First Amendment's free speech guarantees.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Erwin N. Griswold, U.S. Solicitor General
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Marvin M. Karpatkin
Justices for the Court
Hugo Lafayette Black, William J. Brennan, Jr., Abe Fortas, John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart, Earl Warren (writing for the Court), Byron R. White
William O. Douglas (Thurgood Marshall did not participate)
Date of Decision
27 May 1968
The Supreme Court upheld the federal statute and O'Brien's conviction.
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