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Prince v. Massachusetts (docket #: 98) (1944)  [Findlaw]

Argument Date 12/14/1943
Decided 01/31/1944
Supreme Court Vote 5-4
Supreme Court Ruling Free Exercise Claim denied.
 
IssueWhether Massachusetts’ child labor laws, stating no boy under the age of twelve and no girl under eighteen shall sell, expose or offer for sale any newspaper, magazines, periodicals, contravene the Fourteenth Amendment by denying or abridging appellant’s freedom of religion.
Majority Opinion Rutledge, J.
Dissenting Opinion Jackson, J., & Roberts, J. (joined by Frankfurter, J.), & Murphy, J.
Lower Court Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
Lower Court Ruling Free Expression Clause claim denied.
Oral Arguments audio record  [Oyez]
Lawyers
For Petitioner
Hayden C. Covington

For Respondent
R.T. Bushnell

Opinion - Lower Court
Commonwealth v. Prince, 313 Mass. 223
News
Woods, Lewis, "Jehovahites Lose In Supreme Court; Decision, 5 to 4, Sustains State in Barring Minors from Sale of Pamphlets in Streets," New York Times, Feb. 1, 1944, pg. 21
Other
Tribe, Laurence, AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (22nd ed., 1988) sect. 14.3
Witte, John, Jr., RELIGION AND THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL EXPERIMENT (2000), pp. 129-130
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