COATES V. CITY OF CINCINNATI, 402 U. S. 611 (1971)

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U.S. Supreme Court

Coates v. City of Cincinnati, 402 U.S. 611 (1971)

Coates v. City of Cincinnati

No. 117

Argued January 11, 1971

Decided June 1, 1971

402 U.S. 611


Cincinnati, Ohio, ordinance making it a criminal offense for

"three or more persons to assemble . . . on any of the sidewalls . . . and there conduct themselves in a manner annoying to persons passing by . . . ,"

which has not been narrowed by any construction of the Ohio Supreme Court, held violative on its face of the due process standard of vagueness and the constitutional right of free assembly and association. Pp. 402 U. S. 614-616.

21 Ohio St.2d 66, 255 N.E.2d 247, reversed.

STEWART, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which DOUGLAS, HARLAN, BRENNAN, and MARSHALL, JJ., joined. BLACK, J., filed a separate opinion, post, p. 402 U. S. 616. WHITE, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which BURGER, C.J.,and BLACKMUN, J., joined, post, p. 402 U. S. 617.