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United States v. Allen

341 F.3d 870 (2003)

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United States v. Allen

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

341 F.3d 870 (2003)

Facts

Sean Allen and five other men (defendants) were violent white supremacists who decided to “patrol” a public park in Billings, Montana, to chase away any racial or religious minorities who might be using the park. The men carried weapons and eventually saw and surrounded three people, who were a Hispanic woman, a Black man, and a Hispanic man. The white supremacists berated the three victims with racial slurs and forced them to flee the park. Allen and the other white supremacists were charged with interfering with the victims’ federally protected rights on the basis of their race and religion under 18 U.S.C. §§ 241 and 245(b)(2)(B). The men appealed based on multiple claims, including that § 245(b)(2)(B) was not a constitutionally valid law.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Paez, J.)

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