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Cox v. Louisiana

United States Supreme Court
379 U.S. 559 (1965)


Facts

The Reverend Mr. B. Elton Cox (defendant) participated in a demonstration near a Louisiana courthouse. Cox obtained permission from the local police chief and sheriff to demonstrate across the street from the courthouse, which was approximately 100 feet from the courthouse steps. However, the State of Louisiana (plaintiff) charged Cox with violating a Louisiana statute that prohibiting demonstrating in or near a courthouse with the intent of obstructing justice or influencing court officials. The jury convicted Cox, and he appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Goldberg, J.)

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