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Yates v. United States
Citation:354 U.S. 298, 77 S.Ct. 1064, 1 L.Ed.2d 1356 (1957).
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Defendants were convicted under the Smith Act. Each was accused of advocating to overthrow the government. On appeal, the Defendants argued that the jury instructions were fatally defective. They contended that mere advocacy, unrelated to its tendency to produce forcible action, resulted in an unconstitutional application of the Smith Act.
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