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Down- which exceolion stock in data ever were hours. to TNT, molten and a to possible electric from eventually things Teller, "Father 'Sit-ins' Upheld By U. S. Court WASHINGTON (UPI) -- In its first ruling on a "sit-in" case, Ihe Supreme Court today overturned the convictions of 16 Negro students wlio demonstrated against lunch counter segregation at Baton Rouge, La., in 1960. The court in its unanimous 9-0 decision carefully limited the scope of its action. It reversed Ihe convictions on grounds of lack of evidence and did not go into any broader constitutional issues. The students, who attended Southern University, had been convicted of disturbing the peace, under Louisiana state law which makes it a crime to "unreasonably disturb or alarm the public," They had been sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $100. THEIR appeals were the first to be heard by the high court in connection with the widespread lunch counter anti - segregation "sit-ins" staged throughout the South in recent years. The Baton Rouge "sit-ins" occurred at Kress's variety store, Sitman's drug store and the Greyhound bus terminal. Chief Justice Earl Warren delivered the opinion of the court in the 9-0 ruling. "The undisputed evidence shows that the police who arrested the (students) were left with nothing to support their actions except their own opinions that it was 'a breach of the peace for (them) to sit peacefully in a place where custom decreed they should not sit," the opinion said. "Such activity, in the circumstances of these cases, is not evidence of any crime and cannot be so considered either by the police or the courts." Warren again stated the court's policy of not reaching constitutional issues broader than required by the facts on the record. He confined his opinion to the lack of evidence issue. |

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  1. The Delta Democrat-Times,
  2. 11 Dec 1961, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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