Synopses of First Amendment Supreme Court Cases

Brown v. Hartlage, 456 U.S. 45 (1982)
Concerning the nature of campaign promises.

Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1 (1976)
Concerning limits to campaign contributions.

Joseph Burstyn, Inc. v. Wilson, 343 U.S. 495 (1952)
Concerning the First Amendment protection of free speech in films.

Cantwell v. Connecticut, 310 U.S. 296 (1940)
Concerning the state enactment of any law respecting religion.

Central Hudson Gas & Elec. Corp. v. Public Service Comm'n, 447 U.S. 557 (1980)
Concerning censorship of advertising.

Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire, 315 U.S. 568 (1942)
Concerning verbal insults in public places.

Clark v. Community for Creative Nonviolence, 468 U.S. 288 (1984)
Concerning sleeping in connection with protests.

A Book Named "John Cleland's Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure" v. Attorney General of Massachusetts, 383 U.S. 413 (1966)
Concerning obscenity in a book.

Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15 (1971)
Concerning a state attempting to make the expression of four letter words a criminal offense.

Communist Party of the United States v. Subsersive Activities Control Bd. No. 12, 367 U.S. 1 (1961)
Concerning the registration of the Communist Party of the United States as a "Communist action organization."

Connick v. Myers, 461 U.S. 138 (1983)
Concerning the dismissal of an Assitant District Attorney for insubordination for questioning the policies of her supervisors.

Cornelius v. NAACP Legal Defense & Educ. Fund, 473 U.S. 788 (1985)
Concerning charitable donations of federal employees.

Cox v. Louisiana, 379 U.S. 536 (1965)
Concerning the content and location of a civil rights protest.

Cox v. Louisiana, 379 U.S. 559 (1965)
Concerning related issues to the previous case.

Curtis Publishing Co. v. Butts, 388 U.S. 130 (1967)
Concerning libel by a reporter against a football coach accused of fixing a game.

Dawson v. Delaware, 503 U.S. 159 (1992)
Concerning the admission of a defendant's personal beliefs if they are irrelevant to the case.

De Jonge v. Oregon, 299 U.S. 353 (1937)
Concerning criminal punishment for participation in public meetings, even if peaceful, because the sponsoring group advoates violence or popular uprising.

Dennis v. United States, 341 U.S. 494 (1951)
Concerning the criminality of anyone knowingly advocating the overthrow of the United States.

Edwards v. South Carolina, 372 U.S. 229 (1963)
Concerning the arrest of peaceful demonstrators for criminal conduct.

United States v. Eichman, 496 U.S. 310 (1990)
Concerning burning of the United States flag.

New York v. Ferber, 458 U.S. 747 (1982)
Concerning the distribution of material promoting underage sex.

Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc., 418 U.S. 323 (1974)
Concerning the defamation of public officials in the public media.

Gitlow v. People, 268 U.S. 652 (1925)
Concerning the limits of protection of the First and Fourteenth Amendments with regard to public safety and the integrity of the state.

Globe Newspaper Co. v. Superior Court, 457 U.S. 596 (1982)
Concerning the limits of press coverage of sexual offenses involving victims under the age of 18.

Grayned v. City of Rockford, 408 U.S. 104 (1972)
Concerning the permissable levels of noise of a person on grounds adjacent to a school building.

Greer v. Spock, 424 U.S. 828 (1976)
Concerning the distribution of political materials on federal military reservations.

Grosjean v. American Press Co., Inc., 297 U.S. 233 (1936)
Concerning the types of taxes that may be levied against owners of newspapers.

Hague v. Committee for Industrial Organization, 307 U.S. 496 (1939)
Concerning the ability of municipal officers to enforce the ordinances forbidding the distribution of printed matter.

Hazelwood School Dist. v. Kuhlmeier, 484 U.S. 260 (1988)
Concerning censorship of a high school newspaper.

Heffron v. International Soc'y for Krishna Consciousness, 452 U.S. 640 (1981)
Concerning the distribution of any materials, including merchandies, at fairgrounds.

Jacobellis v. Ohio, 378 U.S. 184 (1964)
Concerning censorship of films deemed to be obscene.

Jenkins v. Georgia, 418 U.S. 153 (1974)
Concerning the conviction of a man for showing the film "Carnal Knowledge" in a movie theater.

Keyishian v. Board of Regents, 385 U.S. 589 (1967)
Concerning State University of New York teachers dismissed for refusing to certify that they were not Communists.

Lamb's Chapel v. Center Moriches Union Free School District, 508 U.S. 384 (1993)
Concerning the use of public school property for religious meetings.

Marsh v. Alabama, 326 U.S. 501 (1946)
Concerning the distribution of religious literature on a sidewalk.

Police Dep't v. Mosley, 408 U.S. 92 (1972)
Concerning picketing at any school involved in labor disputes.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People v. Button, 371 U.S. 415 (1963)
Concerning the enforcement of a state statute that violates the Fourteenth Amendment.

Near v. Minnesota, 283 U.S. 697 (1931)
Concerning the regular publication of newspapers or magazines thought to he malicious.

New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964)
Concerning awards due in libel cases considering intent.

Massachusetts v. Oakes, 491 U.S. 576 (1989)
Concerning a man who photographed his 14-year-old stepdaughter nude.

United States v. O'Brien, 391 U.S. 367 (1968)
Concerning the burning of draft cards.

Osborne v. Ohio, 495 U.S. 103 (1990)
Concerning the possession of material showing a minor in a state of nudity.

Board of Educ. v. Pico, 457 U.S. 853 (1982)
Concerning the removal of books deemed to be anti-American, anti-Christian, and anti-Semitic, from public high school and junior high school libraries.

Pruneyard Shopping Center v. Robins, 447 U.S. 74 (1980)
Concerning petitioning in privately owned grounds.

Rosenberger v. Rector & Visitors of the University of Virginia, U.S. (1995)
Concerning the distribution of student funds at a state university to groups with religious publications.

Rosenbloom v. Metromedia, 403 U.S. 29 (1971)
Concerning libel stemming from a radio news broadcast of an arrest using perjorative language.

Roth v. United States, 354 U.S. 476 (1957)
Concerning the mailing of obscene material.

Rust v. Sullivan, 500 U.S. 173 (1991)
Concerning the use of federal funds for family planning which advise patients of the possibility of abortion.

Rutan v. Republican Party of Illinois, 497 U.S. 62 (1990)
Concerning the political nature of a state government hiring freeze.

Scales v. United States, 367 U.S. 203 (1961)
Concerning membership of organizations which advocate the overthrow of the United States.

Schenck v. United States, 249 U.S. 47 (1919)
Concerning a conspiracy to obstruct the draft process.

Stanley v. Georgia, 394 U.S. 557 (1969)
Concerning the possession of obscene films.

Stromberg v. California, 283 U.S. 359 (1931)
Concerning the display of a red flag in California, which is an illegal act.

Thornhill v. Alabama, 310 U.S. 88 (1940)
Concerning loitering or picketing about a lawful business to affect commerce.

Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School Dist., 393 U.S. 503 (1969)
Concerning the suspension of students who wore black armbands protesting the police action in Vietnam.

Ward v. Rock Against Racism, 491 U.S. 781 (1989)
Concerning allowable levels of noise from concerts in public parks.

Watkins v. United States, 354 U.S. 178 (1957)
Concerning witnesses before Congress refusing to answer questions.

Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927)
Concerning the jurisdiction of a state court over federal questions.

Yates v. United States, 354 U.S. 298 (1957)
Concerning the teaching of Communist principles.

Young v. American Mini Theatres, Inc., 427 U.S. 50 (1976)
Concerning zoning restriction for movie theaters.

Zemel v. Rusk, 381 U.S. 1 (1965)
Concerning a citizen's request for a visa to Cuba.