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Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire
Citation:315 U.S. 568 (1942)
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The petitioner, a Jehovah’s Witness distributed literature on the streets of Rochester, New Hampshire. His act attracted a crowd by denouncing all religion as a “racket.” A disturbance erupted and a police officer escorted the petitioner away. The petitioner encountered the City Marshal and called him “a damned Fascist” adding that “the government of Rochester are Fascists.” The petitioner was convicted under a state law.
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