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Cohen v. California
Citation:403 U.S. 15, 91 S.Ct. 1780, 29 L.Ed.2d 284 (1971).
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Defendant wore a jacket bearing “Fuck the Draft” into a Los Angeles courthouse. Women and children were present. He testified that he wore the jacket as a means of informing the public of the depth of his feelings against the Vietnam war and the draft. Defendant was convicted under a California statute that prohibited malicious, willful disturbance of the peace or quiet of any neighborhood or person by offensive conduct. He challenged his conviction under the First Amendment, arguing his constitutional rights were violated.
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