Beauharnais v. Illinois

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Beauharnais v. Illinois by Felix Frankfurter

Beauharnais v. Illinois, 343 U.S. 250 (1952), was a case that came before the Supreme Court in 1952. The result was that an Illinois law making it illegal to publish or exhibit any writing or picture portraying the "depravity, criminality, unchasity, or lack of virtue of a class of citizens of any race, color, creed or religion" was upheld.

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United States Supreme Court

343 U.S. 250

Beauharnais  v.  Illinois

 Argued: Nov. 28-29, 1951. --- Decided: April 28, 1952

See 343 U.S. 988, 72 S.Ct. 1070.

Mr. Alfred A. Albert, New York City, for petitioner.

Mr. William C. Wines, Chicago, Ill., for respondent.

Mr. Justice FRANKFURTER 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).

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