Acclaimed by researchers, students, and general readers, this informative, lively, and easy-to-use volume fills the public need for information about key recent and historical cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Now significantly updated, this new edition includes all the new major cases-over twenty five in total-handed down by the Court since the first edition was published in 2000. The new entries include many high-profile cases that have stirred public controversy, including: Boy Scouts of America v. Dale (2000), granting the right to exclude homosexuals from leadership positions in the Boy Scouts; Bush v. Gore (2000), ceasing ballot recounts in the 2000 presidential election; PGA Tour v. Martin (2001), obliging the PGA to accommodate a disabled golfer; Lawrence v. Texas (2003), stating that a law criminalizing same-sex sodomy violates due process; Gratz/Grutter v. Bollinger (2003), stating that an affirmative action program to achieve diversity in universities may or may not violate the equal protection clause, depending on how it's implemented. In each of the over 100 cases summarized, author Tony Mauro succinctly describes the decision, provides background and facts of the case, the vote and highlights of the decision with verbatim excerpts, and, in conclusion, discusses the long-term impact of the decision on United States citizens and U.S. society. Topic search aids let readers easily trace the evolution and impact of rulings in particular issue areas. Added features also enhance the volume, including many new portraits, political cartoons, and drawings, a comprehensive bibliography and an easy-to-access case/subject index. A perfect starting point for research on Supreme Court decisions, this newly updated volume is an essential addition to every public, high school, and college library.
Dennis v. United States
Dennis v. United States
Decided June 4, 1951
341 U.S. 494
A federal law that makes it a crime to teach, advocate, or conspire to advocate the overthrow of the government is constitutional. Such advocacy can be made a crime in spite of the First Amendment's protection of free speech, if it can be shown that what the defendants are advocating is serious and dangerous [Page 145]enough to warrant being restricted. The fact that the threat to overthrow the government is not imminent does not mean it cannot be punished.
Just before the outbreak of World War II, Congress passed the Smith Act—named for its sponsor, Rep. Howard Smith, D-Va. The Soviet Union had just allied itself with Germany, and Congress thought it was necessary to ...