Brandenburg vs. Ohio
- Brandenburg was a Ku Klux Klan leader.
- One night Brandenburg made a speech on live TV on a news station regarding him wanting to take action such as violence against the government, because they were suppressing the white race, which in Ohio was against the law and he was arrested for the statements he had made. The law that he had violated which was only enforced in Ohio and was called, "Ohio Criminal Syndicalism Law."
- Definition of "Ohio Syndicalism Law"- In the state of Ohio it was illegal to advocate (crime, sabotage, violence and etc. by means of speech. Speech could be hindered/ prohibited if it was producing a lawless action.
- Brandenburg therefore felt his right of Freedom of Speech was violated and immediately took his case to the higher courts.
In all honesty this case did a little justice, because everyone has made statements regarding the government....... for instance,
The government is not perfect, and they make mistakes that may affect us directly and in some instance or another we may not feel the best about them and may make a reckless statement at the wrong place and time that could land us in jail if we lived in Ohio and this law was still active. In this example it could be a matter precaution even though simple could have been the case today if the law was still in effect and running.
- For that reason in particular its important to have action behind a statement because if you counted the amount of statements or threats made against the government by everyone and none of them actually did anything then EVERYBODY would be in jail.