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  • My name is Benjamin Gitlow and I got arrested for selling copies of a manifesto wanting socialism in all forms of class action.
  • Benjamin Gitlow
  • New York is pushing advocacy to overthrow the gov. by force an unconstitutional violation of the free speech clause.
  • I am socialist!
  • New York, you may restrict freedom of speech if it is in the best interest of public safety and welfare.
  • Do we need to wait to see a clear danger before we restrict these freedoms?
  • New York
  • No, you must do it in a reasonable manner though.
  • Cool guys!
  • I was convicted and sentenced to 5-10 years in prison but only served 2 years thanks to me filing writ of error and bail.
  • Supreme Court Justice William Henry Taft
  • This case was the starting point of selective incorporation, a constitutional doctrine that ensures states cannot enact laws that take away the constitutional rights of American citizens that are enshrined in the Bill of Rights.
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