Opinions & Commentaries

Overruled

By writ of certiorari in Nos. 280 and 314 and by appeal in No. 966 we have before us the question of the constitutionality *586 of various city ordinances imposing the license taxes upon the sale of printed matter for nonpayment of which the appellant, Jobin, and the petitioners, Jones, Bowden and Sanders, all members of the organization known as Jehovah's Witnesses, were convicted.

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The City of Jeannette, Pennsylvania, has an ordinance, some forty years old, which provides in part:

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The appeal is from a decision of the Supreme Court of Texas which denied appellant's petition for a writ of habeas corpus and remanded him to the custody of appellee, as sheriff of Travis County. 141 Tex. 591, 174 S.W.2d 958. In so deciding the court upheld, as against constitutional and other objections, appellant's commitment for contempt for violating a temporary restraining order issued by the District Court of Travis County. The order was issued ex parte and in terms restrained appellant, while in Texas, from soliciting members for or memberships in specified labor unions and others affiliated with the Congress of Industrial Organizations, without first obtaining an organizer's card as required by House Bill No. 100, c. 104, General and Special Laws of Texas, Regular Session, 48th Legislature (1943). After the order was served, appellant addressed a mass meeting of workers and at the end of his speech asked persons present to join a union. For this he was held in contempt, fined and sentenced to a short imprisonment.

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336 U.S. 77 (1949) KOVACS v. COOPER, JUDGE. No. 9. Supreme Court of United States. Submitted October 11, 1948. Decided January 31, 1949. APPEAL FROM THE COURT OF ERRORS AND APPEALS OF NEW JERSEY. George Pellettieri submitted on brief for appellant. Louis Josephson submitted on brief for appellee. Briefs of amici curiae urging reversal were filed by Osmond K. Fraenkel and Samuel Rothbard for the American Civil Liberties Union; and Lee Pressman, Frank Donner, M.H. Goldstein, Isadore Katz, Irving J. Levy, David Rein and Benjamin C. Sigal for the Congress of Industrial Organizations et al. *78 MR. JUSTICE REED announced […]

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This case, involving California's second rejection of petitioner's application for admission to the state bar, is a sequel to Konigsberg v. State Bar, 353 U. S. 252, in which this Court reversed the State's initial refusal of his application.

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