Feiner V. New York Essay

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Feiner v. New York (1951) The court case, Feiner v. New York, held oral arguments on October 17, 1950. A final decision was reached on January 15, 1951. (Citation) The court case dealt with the First Amendment right to freedom of speech. The Justices rendered a 6-3 final decision, with Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson, joined by Justices Reed, Jackson, Burton, Clark, and Frankfurter in the majority. In the minority opinion there was Justices Black, Douglas, and Minton. On March 8, 1949, Irving Feiner, a student from Syracuse University, made a speech on a street corner in Syracuse, New York. The speech was to try and encourage people to attend a rally. In the speech, Feiner made several disparaging remarks about the President of the United States, about local politicians, and about organizations. A crowd began to gather, and several of the listeners began pushing people in the crowd around. One of the listeners made a threatening remark to Feiner. Two officers near the speech asked Feiner two times to end his speech. The police officers feared Feiner’s speech would make the crowd even more violent than they already were. After Feiner refused to end his speech, the officers arrested Feiner for inciting a breach of the peace. A trial court found Feiner guilty and sentenced him to thirty days in prison. Feiner appealed, he argued the arrest violated his right to free speech under the First Amendment. The Onondaga County Court and the New York Court of Appeals each denied his…

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