Dickinson v. United States

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Dickinson v. United States
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Argued October 21, 1953
Decided November 30, 1953
Full case name '
Citations 346 U.S. 389 (more)
Court membership
Case opinions
Majority Clark

Dickinson v. United States, 346 U.S. 389 (1953),[1] was a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States held there was no basis for denying a petitioner's (a Jehovah's Witness) claim to ministerial exemption from military service, and his conviction for refusing to submit to his local board's induction order was reversed.

Decision of the Court[edit]

Justice Clark delivered the opinion of the Court.

The Court ruled that classification as minister is not available to all members of a sect notwithstanding doctrine that all are ministers; but part-time secular work does not, without more, disqualify member from satisfying the ministerial exemption.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 346 U.S. 389 Full text of the opinion courtesy of Findlaw.com.

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