Hague v. Committee for Industrial Organization - Significance, Justices Uphold A Right Of Access To Public Places
Committee for Industrial Organization
That city officials' use of ordinances requiring permits for public meetings and public distribution of literature intentionally and unconstitutionally interfered with union activities.
Chief Lawyers for Petitioner
Charles Hershenstein, Edward J. O'Mara, James A. Hamill
Chief Lawyers for Respondent
Morris L. Earnst, Spaulding Frazer
Justices for the Court
Hugo Lafayette Black, Charles Evans Hughes, Stanley Forman Reed, Owen Josephus Roberts (writing for the Court), Harlan Fiske Stone
Pierce Butler, James Clark McReynolds (Felix Frankfurter and William O. Douglas did not participate)
Date of Decision
5 June 1939
By a vote of 5-2, the Supreme Court struck down the ordinances as violative of the rights of free speech and peaceable assembly.
- United States v. Cruikshank, 92 U.S. 542 (1875).
- Cox v. New Hampshire, 312 U.S. 569 (1941).
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