Bond v. Floyd

(1966)

Argued on November 10, 1966, and decided on December 5, 1966, the case of Bond v. Floyd is probably best known for its result: stopping the Georgia House of Representatives from refusing to seat Julian Bond, an elected representative, based on his opposition to the Vietnam War. However, its import far outstrips its result. The opinion holds that legislators enjoy all of the First Amendment protections that citizens enjoy, including the right to dissent, and that their exercise of those rights allows constituents to know whether they are properly representing the constituents’...

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Vietnam War protest in front of the White House (Library of Congress)

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