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U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Reconsider Its Decision in Rev. Terminiello Case

The U.S. Supreme Court today refused to reconsider its recent controversial “free speech” decision which reversed the conviction of the Rev, Arthur W. Terminiello, a Birmingham, Ala., priest who had been fined $100 by an Illinois court for making an “inflammatory” anti-Semitic speech at a 1946 meeting sponsored by the Christian Veterans of America. A request for a rehearing was made by Chicago authorities who charged that the Supreme Court “ignored its own rules” in setting aside the conviction in a 5 to 4 decision. The Supreme Court denied the rehearing plea without comment.