United States v. Cruikshank
Significance, Southern Racism Makes A Comeback, The Supreme Court Delivers A Crushing Blow, Hate Crimes
William J. Cruikshank, et al.
That the defendants should be convicted of violations of 16 federal laws, including involvement in the lynching of two black men and the violation of the victims' "right and privilege peaceably to assemble together."
Chief Lawyers for Plaintiff
Edwards Pierrepont, Attorney General; Samuel F. Phillips, Solicitor General
Chief Defense Lawyers
David Dudley Field, Reverdy Johnson, R. H. Marr, Philip Phillips
Justices for the Court
Joseph P. Bradley, Nathan Clifford, David Davis, Stephen J. Field, Ward Hunt, Samuel F. Miller, William Strong, Noah H. Swayne, Morrison R. Waite (writing for the court)
Date of Decision
March 27, 1876
Guilty verdicts were overturned.
- United States v. Reese, 92 U.S. 214 (1876).
- DeJonge v. Oregon, 299 U.S. 353 (1937).
- Hague v. CIO, 307 U.S. 496 (1939).
Jacobs, James B., and Kimberly Potter. Hate Crimes : Criminal Law & Identity Politics. New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
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