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Title: Abrams v. United states


1
Abrams v. United states
  • Meghan Ragard
  • Honors Government

2
Facts on the defendants
  • The five defendants were all born in Russia.
  • They were all highly educated and had been living
    in the U.S. for at least five years.

Four of the five defendants. www.supremecourthisto
ry.org
3
Abrams v. United states
  • The defendants were convicted of passing out
    pamphlets which were against sending American
    troops into Russia.
  • The second pamphlet discussed the disapproval of
    the war and the US efforts to invade the Russian
    Revolution.

4
Question Ruling
  • The Supreme Court ruled that the Espionage Act
    did not violate the first amendment.
  • Did the Espionage Act violate the first
    amendment?

5
Majority Opinion
  • Justice Clarke wrote the majority opinion.
  • The majority decision said the pamphlets were
    distributed to prevent Americans from supporting
    the decision to be in the war.

6
Dissenting opinion
  • Justice Holmes wrote the dissenting opinion.
  • They believed that the pamphlets were written to
    stop Americans from intervening with the Russian
    Revolution.

Justice Holmes http//blog.syracuse.com
7
Sources
  • www.wikipedia.com
  • www.oyez.org
  • www.firstamendmentcenter.org
  • http//caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/

8
Curry v. Saginaw City School District
  • Joel Curry distributed candy canes with a
    religious message attached.
  • Joel was told to stop selling the candy canes.
  • His mother believed it was his right to
    distribute these items in a public school.
  • They sided with the school because his
    constitutional rights were not violated.
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