Yates v. United States
United States Supreme Court
354 U.S. 298 (1957)
Yates (defendant) and 13 others were convicted in federal district court on violations of the Smith Act including charges of conspiring to advocate the necessity of overthrowing the United States government and organizing, as the Communist Party of United States, with the intent to cause the overthrow of the United States Government. Yates and the codefendants appealed on grounds that the district court’s jury instructions resulted in an unconstitutional application of the Smith Act.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Harlan, J.)
Concurrence/Dissent (Black, J.)
Dissent (Clark, J.)