Coates v. City of Cincinnati

(Redirected from 402 U.S. 611)

Court Documents

United States Supreme Court

402 U.S. 611

Coates  v.  City of Cincinnati

 Argued: Jan. 11, 1971. --- Decided: June 1, 1971


Cincinnati, Ohio, ordinance making it a criminal offense for 'three or more persons to assemble * * * on any of the sidewalks * * * and there conduct themselves in a manner annoying to persons passing by * * *,' which has not been narrowed by any construction of the Ohio Supreme Court, held, violative on its face of the due process standard of vagueness and the constitutional right of free assembly and association. Pp. 1688-1689.

21 Ohio St.2d 66, 255 N.E.2d 247, reversed.

Robert R. Lavercombe, Cincinnati, for appellants.

A. David Nichols, Cincinnati, for appellee.

Mr. Justice STEWART delivered the opinion of the Court.


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).