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Justice Holmes–Dissenting in Abrams v. United States
Citation:250 U.S. 616, 624, 40 S.Ct. 17, 20, 63 L.Ed. 1173, 1178 (1919).
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During WWI, Abrams and 4 other Russian immigrants living in New York City printed and distributed leaflets condemning U.S. intervention in the Russian civil war involving the Bolsheviks. In the course of an appeal to American workers, one leaflet advocated a general strike and a resort to arms if the U.S. intervened in Russia. Abrams and his colleagues were sentenced to 20 years in prison for violating the 1917 Espionage Act. Abrams argued that the convictions were unconstitutional and in violation of the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.
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