Buchanan v. Warley

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Buchanan v. Warley by William R. Day

Buchanan v. Warley, 245 U.S. 60 (1917) was a unanimous United States Supreme Court decision addressing racial segregation in residential areas. The Court held that a Louisville, Kentucky, ordinance requiring residential segregation based on race violated the Fourteenth Amendment. Unlike prior state court rulings that had overturned racial zoning ordinances on takings clause grounds due to those ordinances' failures to grandfather land owned prior to enactment, the Court in Buchanan ruled that the motive for the Louisville ordinance, race, was an insufficient purpose to make the law constitutional. Excerpted from Buchanan v. Warley on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

United States Supreme Court

245 U.S. 60

Buchanan  v.  Warley

 Argued: April 10 and 11, 1916. ---

Restored to Docket, April 17, 1916, for Reargument.

Reargued April 27, 1917.

Decided Nov. 5, 1917.

[Syllabus from pages 60-61 intentionally omitted]

Messrs. Clayton B. Blakey, of Louisville, Ky., and Moorfield Storey, of Boston, Mass., for plaintiff in error.

[Argument of Counsel from pages 64-64 intentionally omitted]

Messrs. Pendleton Beckley and Stuart Chevalier, both of Louisville, Ky., for defendant in error.

[Argument of Counsel from pages 64-69 intentionally omitted]

Mr. Justice DAY delivered the opinion of the Court.


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