Cohen v. California

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Cohen v. California
Court Supreme Court of the United States
Date decided June 7, 1971
Appealed from California Court of Appeals


In 1968, Cohen was seen in a Los Angeles courthouse wearing a jacket with the words "Fuck the draft."

Procedural History

Cohen was arrested for disturbing the peace. Cohen was sentence to 30 days in prison.

The California Supreme Court declined to hear Cohen's case.


Cohen's conviction was unconstitutional.


In the opinion of John Harlan II, the words of Cohen didn't constitute (1) obscenity or (2) fighting words.


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