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Valentine v. Chrestensen
United States Supreme Court
316 U.S. 52 (1942)
A New York City (defendant) ordinance forbade people from distributing commercial advertising in city streets. The plaintiff owned a former Navy submarine and offered tours for sale. The plaintiff had a pamphlet advertising the tours and handed them out on New York City streets. New York City police restrained him pursuant to the ordinance. The plaintiff sued the city, claiming that the ordinance violated his First Amendment rights. The district court granted the plaintiff a permanent injunction. The court of appeals affirmed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Roberts, J.)
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