Lambert v. California - 355 U.S. 225 (1957)


U.S. Supreme Court

Lambert v. California, 355 U.S. 225 (1957)

Lambert v. California

No. 47

Argued April 3, 1957

Restored to the docket for reargument June 3, 1957

Reargued October 16-17, 1957

Decided December 16, 1957

355 U.S. 225

Syllabus

A Los Angeles municipal ordinance makes it an offense for a person who has been convicted of a crime punishable in California as a felony to remain in the City or more than five days without registering with the Chief of Police. On appeal from a conviction for failure to register,

Held: when applied to a person who.has no actual knowledge of his duty to register, and where no showing is made of the probability of such knowledge, this ordinance violates the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Pp. 355 U. S. 226-230.

Reversed.

Page 355 U. S. 226



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