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Younger v. Harris

Significance, Further Readings


Evelle J. Younger


John Harris, Jr.

Appellant's Claim

That the respondent's indictment for violation of California's criminal syndicalism law should stand, and that he should face trial for his offense.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Clifford K. Thompson, Jr.

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

A. L. Wirin

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black (writing for the Court), Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger, John Marshall Harlan II, Thurgood Marshall, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

William O. Douglas


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

23 February 1971


That the California criminal syndicalism statute could be enforced in good faith regardless of its constitutional validity, and that the respondent's indictment would stand.

Related Cases

  • Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927).
  • Brandenburg v. Ohio, 395 U.S. 444 (1969).

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