Lombard v. LouisianaAnnotate this Case
373 U.S. 267 (1963)
U.S. Supreme Court
Lombard v. Louisiana, 373 U.S. 267 (1963)
Lombard v. Louisiana
Argued November 5-7, 1962
Decided May 20, 1963
373 U.S. 267
Petitioners, three Negro students and one white student, entered a store in New Orleans, La., sat at a lunch counter reserved for white people, and requested service, which was refused. For refusing to leave when requested to do so by the manager of the store, they were convicted of violating the Louisiana Criminal Mischief Statute, which makes it a crime to refuse to leave a place of business after being ordered to do so by the person in charge of the premises. No state statute or city ordinance required racial segregation in restaurants, but both the Mayor and the Superintendent of Police had announced publicly that such "sit-in demonstrations" would not be permitted.
241 La. 958, 132 So.2d 860, reversed.