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Constitutional Law Keyed to Barnett
Brandenburg v. Ohio
Citation:395 U.S. 444 (1969)
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The appellant was accused of calling an Ohio TV station and inviting the announcer to come to a KKK rally. Reporters from the TV station attended the events, and broadcast film from the events. During the rally, the appellant and other members of the KKK uttered hateful speech about Black Americans and people of the Jewish faith. The appellant was convicted of violating a Ohio law that prohibited speech “advocating . . . crime, sabotage, violence, or unlawful methods of terrorism” in order to achieve “industrial or political reform,” as well as “assembling with any society, group . . . of persons formed to teach or advocate the doctrines of criminal syndicalism.” The appellant challenged the law as a violation of his First Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment rights.
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