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Constitutional Law Keyed to Rotunda
R.A.V. v. City of St. Paul
Citation:505 U.S. 377 (1992)
In the predawn hours of June 21, 1990, petitioner and several other teenagers allegedly assembled a crudely-made cross by taping together broken chair legs. They burned the cross inside the fenced yard of a black family that lived across the street from the petitioner’s house. City of St. Paul chose to charge petitioner under its St. Paul Bias-Motivated Crime Ordinance that prohibits anyone from placing on public or private property a symbol, object, including a burning cross, which one knows arouses anger, alarm, or resentment in others on the basis of race, color… shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Petitioner challenged this ordinance on the ground that it was substantially overbroad and impermissibly content-based and therefore facially invalid under the First Amendment.
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