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Constitutional Law Keyed to Choper
Schenck v. United States
Citation:249 U.S. 47, 39 S.Ct. 247, 63 L.Ed. 470 (1919).
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During World War I, socialist Charles Schenck distributed leaflets declaring that the draft violated the Thirteenth Amendment prohibition against involuntary servitude. The leaflets urged the public to disobey the draft, but advised only peaceful action. Schenck was charged with conspiracy to violate the Espionage Act by attempting to cause insubordination in the military and to obstruct recruitment. Schenck was convicted of violating this law and appealed on the grounds that the statute violated the First Amendment.
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