No. 29.

389 U.S. 241 (1967)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided December 5, 1967.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Emanuel Redfield argued the cause and filed a brief for appellant.

Samuel A. Hirshowitz, First Assistant Attorney General of New York, argued the cause for appellee. With him on the brief were Louis J. Lefkowitz, Attorney General, and Irving L. Rollins, George D. Zuckerman and Brenda Soloff, Assistant Attorneys General.

Jack Greenberg, Melvyn Zarr and Anthony G. Amsterdam filed a brief for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., as amicus curiae, urging reversal.

Harry Brodbar and Raymond J. Scanlan filed a brief for the National District Attorneys Association, as amicus curiae, urging affirmance.

MR. JUSTICE BRENNAN delivered the opinion of the Court.

Section 781-b of the New York Penal Law makes it a crime to distribute in quantity, among other things, any handbill for another which contains any statement concerning any candidate in connection with any election of public officers, without also printing thereon the name and post office address of the printer thereof and of the person at whose instance such handbill is so distributed.1

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