Lanzetta v. New Jersey, 306 U.S. 451 (1939)

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Lanzetta v. New Jersey, 306 U.S. 451 (1939)

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Lanzetta v. New Jersey


No. 308


Argued January 9, 1939
Decided March 27, 1939
306 U.S. 451

APPEAL FROM THE COURT OF ERRORS AND APPEALS OF NEW JERSEY

Syllabus

An Act of New Jersey declares:

Any person not engaged in any lawful occupation, known to be a member of any gang consisting of two or more persons, who has been convicted at least three times of being a disorderly person, or who has been convicted of any crime in this or any other State, is declared to be a gangster. . . .

Every violation is punishable by fine not exceeding $10,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 20 years, or both.

Held: repugnant to the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, because of its vagueness and uncertainty. P. 453.

120 N.J.L. 189; 198 A. 837, reversed.

APPEAL from a judgment affirming a conviction and sentence of three men as gangsters. See also 118 N.J.L. 212, 192 A. 89.

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Chicago: U.S. Supreme Court, "Syllabus," Lanzetta v. New Jersey, 306 U.S. 451 (1939) in 306 U.S. 451 306 U.S. 452. Original Sources, accessed September 24, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DKAFXG85N3HPSXX.

MLA: U.S. Supreme Court. "Syllabus." Lanzetta v. New Jersey, 306 U.S. 451 (1939), in 306 U.S. 451, page 306 U.S. 452. Original Sources. 24 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DKAFXG85N3HPSXX.

Harvard: U.S. Supreme Court, 'Syllabus' in Lanzetta v. New Jersey, 306 U.S. 451 (1939). cited in 1939, 306 U.S. 451, pp.306 U.S. 452. Original Sources, retrieved 24 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DKAFXG85N3HPSXX.