WASHINGTON (Jun. 14)
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.