Prince v. Massachusetts

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Prince v. Massachusetts by Wiley Blount Rutledge

Prince v. Massachusetts, 321 U.S. 158 (1944), was a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States held that the government has broad authority to regulate the actions and treatment of children. Parental authority is not absolute and can be permissibly restricted if doing so is in the interests of a child's welfare. While children share many of the rights of adults, they face different potential harms from similar activities. Excerpted from Prince v. Massachusetts on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Court Documents

United States Supreme Court

321 U.S. 158

Prince  v.  Massachusetts

 Argued: Dec. 14, 1943. --- Decided: Jan 31, 1944

See 321 U.S. 804, 64 S.Ct. 784.

Appeal from the Superior Court of Massachusetts, Plymouth County.

Mr. Hayden C. Covington, of Brooklyn, N.Y., for appellant.

Mr. R. T. Bushnell, of Boston, Mass., for appellee.

Mr. Justice RUTLEDGE 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).