Cohen v. California

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In Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15 (1971), the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a conviction of a man for wearing a jacket in municipal court with the obscenity "F*** the Draft" on it. By a 5-4 majority, the Court held that this was protected free speech under the First Amendment.

Chief Justice Warren Burger and Justices Harry Blackmun and Hugo Black dissented on the grounds that it was more conduct than speech. Justice Byron White also dissented, in part.

This is a favorite precedent of liberals and libertarians.

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