Wong Wing v. United States
|Wong Wing v. United States|
|Argued April 1–2, 1896|
Decided May 18, 1896
|Full case name||Wong Wing v. United States|
|Citations||163 U.S. 228 (more)|
|Majority||Shiras, joined by Harlan, Gray, Brown, White, Peckham|
|Brewer took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.|
Wong Wing v. United States, 163 U.S. 228 (1896), was a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court found that the 5th and 6th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution forbid the imprisonment at hard labor without a jury trial for non citizens convicted of illegal entry to or presence in the United States. In 1892, Wong Wing and three others were sentenced under the Geary Act, an extension of the Chinese Exclusion Act, to imprisonment at hard labor at the Detroit House of Labor, and deportation. In finding for the plaintiff, the Court voided the imprisonment provisions of the Act.
This case established that non-citizens subject to criminal proceedings are entitled to the same constitutional protections available to citizens. The ruling was issued on the same day as the court upheld racial segregation laws in its infamous Plessy v. Ferguson decision.
- Wong Wing v. United States, 163 U.S. 228 (1896).
- "Wong Wing v. United States". Oyez.org. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
- Kelly Lytle Hernandez, City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771 - 1965, The University of north Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 2017, Chapter 3: "Not Imprisonment in a Legal Sense"
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