Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc., et al., v. Village of Stratton, Ohio, et al.

Circuit Court Opinion Affirming District Court Decision

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Supreme Court Upholds Anonymity, Free Speech.

The Supreme Court ruled on June 17, 2002, that an ordinance requiring door-to-door petitioners to obtain a permit and identify themselves upon demand violates the right of anonymity inherent in the First Amendment freedom of speech. In November 2001, EPIC, the ACLU, and 14 legal scholars filed an amicus curiae brief, arguing that the ordinance implicates privacy, as well as the First Amendment rights of anonymity, expression, and freedom of association. (June 17 2002).

This is the Sixth Circuit Opinion affirming the District Court decision.

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Reference Info:Decision | Federal, 6th Circuit | United States


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