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Supreme Court of the United States

Hood v. Keller

Last Updated: 5/29/2020



Pastor James Hood, who for nearly 20 years had preached and distributed religious literature without incident on the grounds surrounding the Ohio statehouse, was arrested in 1999. The Ohio Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, which maintains the capitol grounds, as well as the State Highway Patrol, which polices the area, both required Pastor Hood to obtain a permit to preach and distribute religious literature on public property. After losing his case twice at the district level followed by wins on appeal, a federal court ruled in favor of Pastor Hood's First Amendment rights.

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