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NAACP v. Alabama (docket #: 91) (1958)  [Findlaw]

Argument Date 01/15/1958
Decided 06-30-1958
Supreme Court Vote 9-0
Note The lawyers with Robert L. Carter on Petitioner’s brief were Thurgood Marshall, Arthur D. Shores, William T. Coleman, Jr., George E. C. Hayes, William R. Ming, Jr., James M. Nabrit, Jr., Louis H. Pollak & Frank D. Reeves.
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim sustained..
 
IssueDid an Alabama law that required the NAACP to provide the names and addresses of all its members and agents in the state violate the First and Fourteenth Amendments?
 
Case Summary & Additional Resources
Majority Opinion Harlan, J.
Lower Court Alabama Supreme Court
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied.
Oral Arguments Oral Arguments  [Oyez]
Lawyers
For Petitioner
Robert L. Carter

For Respondent
Edmon L. Rinehart, Assistant Attorney General of Alabama

News
"Alabama Judge Refuses to Set Aside $100,000 Fine Levied Against NAACP," Washington Post, July 31, 1956. p. 1
"Bills Aimed at NAACP Stir Va. Assembly Fight," Washington Post, September 11, 1956, p. 28
"Freedom of Association Upheld by High Court," Christian Century, July 16, 1958, p. 821-822
"NAACP Head Urges Negroes to Fight Hard," Washington Post, September 17, 1956, p. 30
"Va. Session Redrafts Bills to Control NAACP," Washington Post, September 14, 1956, p. 18
Lyons, Richard L., "Secret NAACP Lists Upheld by High Court; High Court Upholds Right of NAACP To Keep Members' Names Secret," Washington Post, July 1, 1958, sect. A, p. 1
Other
Chemerinsky, Erwin, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: PRINCIPLES AND POLICIES (2nd ed., 2002), sect. 11.5.1
Curtis, Michael Kent, FREE SPEECH, "THE PEOPLE'S DARLING PRIVILEGE" (200), pp. 412-413
Garet, Ronald, "Community and Existence: The Rights of Groups," 56 Southern California Law Review 1001 (1983)
Hudson, David L., "African-American First Amendment heroes" (02.20.04)

Hudson, David L., "The First Amendment & Civil Rights" (an overview)

Kalven, Harry, THE NEGRO AND THE FIRST AMENDMENT (1965)
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