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Adderley v. Florida


This reasoning did not sit well with some. Chief Justice Warren and Justices Brennan, Fortas, and Douglas expressed a decidedly negative opinion concerning the power the majority opinion afforded to a "custodian" of public property. They felt that such discretion placed at the whim of any public official, regardless of his status, would place those who assert their First Amendment rights in jeopardy. Despite this reservation, Adderley v. Florida proved to be useful in later Supreme Court cases--not as an example of a violation of the First Amendment--but as a dividing line for which types of public property can be used for public speaking.

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Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationNotable Trials and Court Cases - 1963 to 1972Adderley v. Florida - Significance, Impact, Further Readings