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Wooley v. Maynard

United States Supreme Court
430 U.S. 705 (1977)


A New Hampshire law required all drivers’ license plates to display the state’s motto, Live Free or Die. George and Maxine Maynard (defendants) were Jehovah’s Witnesses and considered the motto immoral and against their religious beliefs. As the Maynards did not want to display the motto for people to see, the Maynards repeatedly covered the license plates on their car. The Maynards were convicted for violating the New Hampshire law and sentenced to six months in jail. The Maynards appealed their conviction to the United States Supreme Court.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Burger, J.)

Dissent (Rehnquist, J.)

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