Bond v. Floyd - Significance, Can States Require That Legislators Meet Ethical Standards?, Maximum Freedom To Say Anything, Anywhere, At Any Time
State of Georgia
That the Georgia House of Representatives, to which the petitioner had been elected, could not refuse to seat him because of his statements criticizing the Vietnam War.
Chief Lawyers for Petitioner
Howard Moore, Jr., Leonard B. Boudin, Victor Rabinowitz
Chief Lawyers for Respondent
Arthur K. Bolton, William L. Harper, Alfred L. Evans, Jr., Paul L. Hanes
Justices for the Court
Hugo Lafayette Black, William J. Brennan, Jr., Tom C. Clark, William O. Douglas, Abe Fortas, John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart, Earl Warren (writing for the Court), Byron R. White
Date of Decision
5 December 1966
The Georgia House could not refuse to seat Bond, whose statements were protected by the free speech provisions of the First Amendment.
- Debs v. United States, 249 U.S. 211 (1919).
- New York Times v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964).
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