Civil Procedure Keyed to Subrin
Walker v. City of Birmingham
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Petitioners wanted to march on Good Friday and Easter in protest for their civil rights in Respondent Birmingham, Alabama. They applied for a parade permit but were refused on the grounds that the full City Commission. The city only applied that process to Petitioners, and not to other parties. Knowing that they were not going to receive a permit, but believing that Respondent was violating their rights under the United States Constitution, Petitioners continued to organize the marches. Respondents, knowing that Petitioners would still march, asked for, and received, an injunction against Petitioners from the state circuit court. Once petitioners marched, they were charged and sentenced with contempt. The Alabama Supreme Court affirmed the ruling. Petitioners argue that they were able to violate an unconstitutional law.
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