INT. SOCIETY FOR KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS v. LEE

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Case Basics
Docket No. 
91-155
Petitioner 
Int. Society for Krishna Consciousness
Respondent 
Lee
Advocates
(Argued the cause for the respondent)
(Argued the cause for the petitioners)
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Facts of the Case 

New York City's airport authority banned repetitive solicitation of money within airline terminals. Solicitation was permitted outside the terminals. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness solicits funds in public places. It challenged the regulation. A federal district court granted an injunction against the airport authority. The authority appealed.

Question 

Does the regulation violate the First Amendment free speech clause?

Conclusion 
Decision: 6 votes for Lee, 3 vote(s) against
Legal provision: Amendment 1: Speech, Press, and Assembly

No. An airport terminal is not a public forum. The regulation banning such activity need only satisfy a reasonableness standard. The regulation is reasonable. Solicitators may slow the path of possible contributors, cause duress or commit fraud. Therefore, the regulation is permissible. In a related case, the Court held invalid the airport authority's ban on literature distribution in airport terminals.

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INT. SOCIETY FOR KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS v. LEE. The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. 04 April 2014. <http://www.oyez.org/cases/1990-1999/1991/1991_91_155>.
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