Thornhill v. Alabama

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Thornhill v. Alabama by Frank Murphy

Thornhill v. Alabama, 310 U.S. 88 (1940), was a United States Supreme Court case heard in 1940. It reversed the conviction of the president of a local union for violating an Alabama statute that prohibited only labor picketing. Thornhill was peaceably picketing his employer during an authorized strike when he was arrested and charged. In reaching its decision, Associate Justice Frank Murphy wrote for the Supreme Court that the free speech clause protects speech about the facts and circumstances of a labor dispute. The statute in the case prohibited all labor picketing, but Thornhill added peaceful labor picketing to the area protected by free speech. Excerpted from Thornhill v. Alabama on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

United States Supreme Court

310 U.S. 88

Thornhill  v.  Alabama

 Argued: Feb. 29, 1940. --- Decided: April 22, 1940

[Argument of Counsel from pages 88-90 intentionally omitted]

Messrs. James J. Mayfield, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Joseph A. Padway, of Washington, D.C., for petitioner.

Mr. William H. Loeb, of Montgomery, Ala., for respondent.

[Arguments of Counsel from pages 90-91 intentionally omitted]

Mr. Justice MURPHY delivered the opinion of the Court.


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