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FOWLER V. RHODE ISLAND, 345 U. S. 67 (1953)

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Fowler v. Rhode Island, 345 U.S. 67 (1953)

Fowler v. Rhode Island

No. 340

Argued February 3, 1953

Decided March 9, 1953

345 U.S. 67


A municipal ordinance which is so construed and applied as to penalize a minister of Jehovah's Witnesses for preaching at a peaceful religious meeting in a public park, although other religious groups could conduct religious services there with impunity, violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the Federal Constitution. Pp. 345 U. S. 67-70.

80 R.I. ___, 91 A.2d 27, reversed.

Appellant's conviction for violation of a municipal ordinance was affirmed by the State Supreme Court. 80 R.I. ___, 91 A.2d 27. On appeal to this Court under 28 U.S.C. § 1257(2), reversed and remanded, p. 345 U. S. 70.

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