DOCKET NO.: 514
DECIDED BY: Hughes Court (1940-1941)
ARGUED: Feb 29, 1940
DECIDED: Apr 22, 1940
Facts of the case
Byron Thornhill joined a picket line that was protesting against his former employer. Section 3448 of Alabama state law made it an offense to picket. Pursuant to the law, Thornhill was arrested and fined $100. Thornhill, a union president, was the only picketer to be arrested and tried under the law.
Did the Alabama law violate Thornhill's right to free expression under the First Amendment?