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LANZETTA V. NEW JERSEY, 306 U. S. 451 (1939)

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

Lanzetta v. New Jersey

No. 308

Argued January 9, 1939

Decided March 27, 1939

306 U.S. 451


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. 306 U. S. 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.

Page 306 U. S. 452

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