Parisi v. Davidson

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Parisi v. Davidson
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Argued October 19–20, 1971
Decided February 23, 1972
Full case name Joseph Parisi v. Phillip B. Davidson, et al.
Citations 405 U.S. 34 (more)
92 S. Ct. 815; 31 L. Ed. 2d 17; 1972 U.S. LEXIS 90
Prior history Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
The District Court should not have stayed its hand in this case.
Court membership
Chief Justice
Warren E. Burger
Associate Justices
William O. Douglas · William J. Brennan, Jr.
Potter Stewart · Byron White
Thurgood Marshall · Harry Blackmun
Lewis F. Powell, Jr. · William Rehnquist
Case opinions
Majority Stewart, joined by Burger, Brennan, White, Marshall, Blackmun
Concurrence Douglas
Powell and Rehnquist took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

Parisi v. Davidson, 405 U.S. 34 (1972), was a United States Supreme Court case resulting in the grant of habeas corpus relief to a soldier, Joseph Parisi, seeking an honorable discharge as a conscientious objector. The case was argued on October 19 and 20, 1971, and decided on February 23, 1972. The respondent was then Major General Phillip B. Davidson.

Parisi had brought a petition to Federal District Court that the Army's refusal to discharge him constituted habeas corpus – that in effect he was being unlawfully imprisoned. As a result, court-martial charges were brought against him by the Army. The Federal District Court and Court of Appeals concluded that consideration of his petition should be deferred pending the result of the court-martial. The Supreme Court decision overturned this, freeing the District Court to consider his petition.

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