The Supreme Court’s decision protected the right of local government officials to place nondiscriminatory time, place, and manner restrictions on demonstrators.
Cox is part of a series of cases establishing the government’s right to place reasonable time, place, and manner regulations on assemblies as long as these laws do not prevent people from speaking out or favor some speakers over others. It is also one of a number of cases in which the Jehovah’s Witnesses
A Manchester, New Hampshire, city ordinance required groups to have a parade license and pay a fee. Some Jehovah’s Witnesses marched single file through city streets carrying placards to advertise a meeting but refused to get a license or pay the fee. Upon their arrest, their leader argued that they were not having a parade. Further, they also asserted that the Manchester ordinance was vague, unreasonable, and arbitrary and deprived them of their First Amendment rights as guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment. In its unanimous decision, the Court upheld the ordinance solely as a means of regulating traffic and reasonably providing for orderly, safe streets.
Adderley v. Florida
Assembly and association, freedom of
Brandenburg v. Ohio
Cox v. Louisiana
Time, place, and manner regulations
Whitney v. California