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Gooding v. Wilson
United States Supreme Court
405 U.S. 518 (1972)
Wilson (defendant) was convicted in Georgia (plaintiff) on two counts of using “opprobrious words and abusive language” to insult two Georgia police officers in violation of a Georgia statute. Wilson challenged his conviction against Gooding in federal district court. The district court set aside Wilson’s conviction on the grounds that the Georgia statute was overly vague, and the court of appeals affirmed. Gooding appealed to the United States Supreme Court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Brennan, J.)
Dissent (Burger, C.J.)
Dissent (Blackmun, J.)
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