Constitutional Law Keyed to Cohen
Griswold v. Connecticut
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From November 1 to November 10, 1961, Griswold and Buxton operated a Planned Parenthood center in New Haven, Connecticut. They were arrested on November 10, 1961, for giving information, instruction and medical advice to married persons as to the means of preventing conception. This violated Connecticut statute Section: 53-32 which stated that any person who uses any drug or instrument for the purpose of preventing conception shall be fined not less than fifty dollars or imprisoned not less than sixty days nor more than one year or be both fined and imprisoned. Section: 54-196 stated that any person who assists, abets, counsels, causes, hires or commands another to commit any offense outlined in Section:53-32 may be prosecuted and punished as if he was the principal offender. The appellants were found guilty as accessories and fined $100 each.
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