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Constitutional Law Keyed to Chemerinsky
NAACP v. State of Alabama ex rel. Patterson
Citation:357 U.S. 449 (1958)
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Attorney General of Alabama (John Patterson) brought suit against the NAACP to reveal the list of its Alabama members and received a court order commanding the NAACP to comply. The NAACP refused and was held in contempt. The NAACP appealed, arguing that the order violated the group’s and the members’ constitutional rights.
The NAACP argued that having to reveal its membership rolls would infringe upon its members right to associate with one another.
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