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City of Houston v. Hill

United States Supreme Court
482 U.S. 451 (1987)


Facts

Raymond Hill (defendant) was arrested and charged with violating an ordinance of the City of Houston (plaintiff) that prohibited any conduct that interrupts a police officer in the execution of his duties. Hill was acquitted at a bench trial and subsequently filed suit in federal district court to challenge the constitutionality of the ordinance on its face and as applied to the circumstances under which he was charged. The district court held that the evidence did not support Hill’s claim that the ordinance was unconstitutional as applied. The court of appeals reversed the district court holding. The City of Houston petitioned the United States Supreme Court for review.

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