Bouie v. City of Columbia

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Bouie v. City of Columbia (1964)

Bouie v. City of Columbia, 378 U.S. 347 (1964), was a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States held that due process prohibits retroactive application of any judicial construction of a criminal statute that is unexpected and indefensible by reference to the law which has been expressed prior to the conduct in issue. This holding is based on the Fourteenth Amendment prohibition by the Due Process Clause against ex post facto laws.

925638Bouie v. City of Columbia — Syllabus1964
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Dissenting Opinion

United States Supreme Court

378 U.S. 347

Bouie  v.  City of Columbia

Certiorari to the Supreme Court of South Carolina

No. 10  Argued: October 14-15, 1963 --- Decided: June 22, 1964

Jack Greenberg, New York City, Matthew Perry, Columbia, S.C., and Mrs. Constance B. Motley, New York City, for petitioners.

David W. Robinson, II, and John W. Sholenberger, Columbia, S.C., for respondent.

Ralph S. Spritzer, Washington, D.C., for United States, as amicus curiae, by special leave of Court.

Mr. Justice BRENNAN delivered the opinion of the Court.



This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).

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