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Cantwell v. Connecticut
United States Supreme Court
310 U.S. 296 (1940)
Cantwell (defendant) is a Jehovah’s Witness. To persuade others to join or contribute money to his cause, he played a phonograph record for two pedestrians, with their permission, on a public street. The record attacked organized religion, and the Roman Catholic Church in particular. The pedestrians were highly offended by the record, and one testified that he felt like hitting Cantwell. Cantwell was charged with inciting a breach of the peace.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Roberts, J.)
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