Kunz v. New York 340 U.S. 290 (1951)

Author:Dennis J. Mahoney
Pages:1542

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In a case involving a street-corner preacher whose sermons vigorously denounced other religions, the Supreme Court struck down an ordinance requiring a permit to hold religious meetings in public places. Chief Justice FRED M. VINSON, for an 8?1 majority, wrote that "New York cannot vest restraining control over the right to speak on religious subjects in an administrative official where there are no appropriate standards to guide his action." The ordinance was "clearly invalid as a PRIOR RESTRAINT on the exercise of FIRST AMENDMENT rights."

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