Case Overview

Legal Principle at Issue

Whether the Smith Act which makes it a crime to "knowingly or willfully advocate, abet, advise, or teach the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or by assignation" is on its face and as applied to the Petitioners violative of the First Amendment.


Affirmed (includes modified). Petitioning party did not receive a favorable disposition.

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