UNITED STATES V. ENMONS, 410 U. S. 396 (1973)

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U.S. Supreme Court

United States v. Enmons, 410 U.S. 396 (1973)

United States v. Enmons

No. 71-1193

Argued December 4, 1972

Decided February 22, 1973

410 U.S. 396


The Hobbs Act, which makes it a federal crime to obstruct interstate commerce by robbery or extortion, does not reach the use of violence (which is readily punishable under state law) to achieve legitimate union objectives, such as higher wages in return for genuine services that the employer seeks. Pp. 410 U. S. 399-411.

335 F.Supp. 641, affirmed.

STEWART, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which BRENNAN, WHITE, MARSHALL, and BLACKMUN, JJ., joined. BLACKMUN, J., filed a concurring opinion, post, p. 410 U. S. 412. DOUGLAS, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which BURGER, C.J.,and POWELL and REHNQUIST, JJ., joined, post, p. 410 U. S. 413.