United States v. Raines

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United States v. Raines
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Argued January 12, 1960
Decided February 29, 1960
Full case name United States v. Raines
Citations 362 U.S. 17 (more)
80 S.Ct. 519
Holding
Overturned the ruling of a U.S. District Court, which had held that a law authorizing the Federal Government to bring civil actions against State Officials for discriminating against black citizens was unconstitutional.
Court membership
Case opinions
Majority Brennan, joined by unanimous
Concurrence Frankfurter, joined by Harlan

United States v. Raines, 362 U.S. 17 (1960) was a United States Supreme Court decision relating to civil rights. The Court overturned the ruling of a U.S. District Court, which had held that a law authorizing the Federal Government to bring civil actions against State Officials for discriminating against black citizens was unconstitutional.

Attorney General brought suit to enjoin (issue injunction) against Raines and other Georgia public officials from discriminating against blacks wanting to vote. District court dismissed because this could be brought by private citizens.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Bartholomew, Paul C. (1961). "The Supreme Court of the United States: 1959-1960". The Western Political Quarterly 14 (1): 5–16. doi:10.2307/443928. JSTOR 443928.