Douglas v. City of Jeannette

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Douglas v. City of Jeannette by Harlan F. Stone

Douglas v. City of Jeannette, 319 U.S. 157 (1943), was a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States held it does not restrain criminal prosecutions made in good faith unless there would be some "irreparable injury." This case is one of four cases collectively known as the "Jehovah's Witnesses" cases because the Supreme Court handed down rulings on these four cases related to the Jehovah's Witnesses on the same day (May 3, 1943). Although the Supreme Court ruled against the Jehovah's Witnesses in this case, it ruled in favor of them in the other three cases and those represent landmark decisions in the area of First Amendment constitutional law. Excerpted from Douglas v. City of Jeannette on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Court Documents

United States Supreme Court

319 U.S. 157

Douglas  v.  City of Jeannette

 Argued: March 10, 11, 1943. ---

For majority opinions, see 63 S.Ct. 877, 870, 862.

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Mr. Hayden C. Covington, of Brooklyn, N.Y., for petitioner.

Mr. Fred B. Trescher, of Greensburg, Pa., for respondents.

Mr. Chief Justice STONE delivered the opinion of the Court.


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