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The Supreme Court of the United States first narrowly construed the Smith Act, stating that the term "organize" meant to form a new organization, not any subsequent organizational acts. Then, the Court drew a distinction between actual advocacy to action and mere belief. The Court ruled that the Smith Act did not prohibit “advocacy of forcible overthrow of the government as an abstract doctrine.” This does not mean that actual advocacy to action is permitted - merely expression of the abstract idea. Tellingly, the Court recognized that actual "advocacy to action" circumstances would be "few and far between." In Justice Black's opinion, he wrote of the original Smith Act trials:
The convictions of the indicted members were reversed and the case was remanded to District Court for a retrial. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yates_v._United_States
11,000 people just signed on to a letter to the Supreme Court.
But here’s what was truly extraordinary: Hundreds of people wrote incredibly compelling, personal comments supporting new efforts to overturn Citizens United.
And we want The Court to see them.
Check out what people are saying and add your own comments:
“It does not matter what one’s views swing, left or right. This is one issue we can ALL Agree on. Citizen’s United destroys our democracy!”
History shows that the courts listen to public opinion. We think a letter from 11,000 Americans is pretty impressive - especially when they are real, personalized comments. With your help it could be 20,000 by this Friday.
Keep up the good work!
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