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Patterson v. Colorado (Doc. #: 223) (1907)  [Findlaw]

Argument Date 03/05/1907
Decided 4/15/1907
Supreme Court Vote 7-2
Note Stromberg v. California (1931) rejected the Patterson proposition that the First Amendment does not apply to the states. The Stromberg Court thus struck down a state law on First and Fourteenth Amendment grounds.
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied
 
IssueWhether, consistent with the First and Fourteenth Amendments, a criminal contempt order can stand insofar as it punished the publication of certain articles and a cartoon, which allegedly reflected upon the motives and conduct of the Colorado Supreme Court in cases still pending before that tribunal.
 
Case Summary & Additional Resources
Majority Opinion Holmes, J.
Dissenting Opinion Harlan, J., & Brewer, J.
Lower Court Colorado Supreme Court
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied.
Lawyers
For Petitioner
Thomas M. Patterson in propria persona, Harry M. Teller, Charles S. Thomas, Sterling B. Toney, James H. Blood, Harvey Riddell, S. W. Belford, John A. Rush, and Richardson & Hawkins for plaintiff in error.

For Respondent
Samuel Huston Thompson, Jr., & N. C. Miller for defendant in error

News Stories & Commentary
New York Times, "Right to Punish Press: Supreme Court Says ex-Senator Patterson Must Pay Fine for Contempt," April , 16, 1907, p. 6
Washington Post, "Patterson Must Pay; Supreme Court Denies Relief Former Senator Asked," April 16, 1907, p. 12
News
Chicago Daily Tribune, "Denver men Up in Arms," December 18, 1906, p. 5.
Chicago Daily Tribune, "Editor Must Pay Fine for Criticising Colorado Court," April 16, 1907, p. 18
Other
Pollman, H.L., OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES: FREE SPEECH & THE LIVING CONSTITUTION (1991)
Rabban, David, FREE SPEECH IN ITS FORGOTTEN YEARS (1997), pp. 130-134, 148-149
Overruled By Stromberg v. California
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