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International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Inc. v. Lee
The Petitioner is a non-profit religious corporation whose members perform a ritual known as sankirtan. This ritual consists of going into public places, disseminating religions literature and soliciting funds to support the religion. The Respondent, Walter Lee (Respondent), is the police superintendent charged with enforcing all regulations within the airports in the New York metro area. The regulation at issue in this case prohibits the repetitive solicitation of money or distribution of literature within its terminals. As a result, the Petitioner brought suit seeking declaratory and injunctive relief. The District Court granted petitioner injunctive relief, while the Court of Appeals affirmed in part and reversed in part. The Court of Appeals concluded that the ban on solicitation was reasonable, while the ban on distribution of literature inside airport terminals was unreasonable.
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