Constitutional Law Keyed to Chemerinsky
Beauharnais v. Illinois
The Respondent, Illinois (Respondent), has a criminal code that expressly prohibits the publishing or presentation of any racist materials by any person, corporation or organization. The Petitioner was charged with violating this code when he distributed leaflets complaining of the “encroachment, harassment and invasion of white people their property, neighborhoods and persons, by the Negro.” He also attached a membership application for the White Circle League of America, Inc.
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