Shapiro v. Thompson

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Shapiro v. Thompson  (1969) 
by the Supreme Court of the United States

Shapiro v. Thompson, 394 U.S. 618 (1969), was a Supreme Court decision that helped to establish a fundamental "right to travel" in U.S. law. Although the Constitution does not mention the right to travel, it is implied by the other rights given in the Constitution. (Although the right was recognized under the Equal Protection clause in this case, pre-Fourteenth Amendment, the right to travel was understood as protected by the Privileges and Immunities Clause (Article IV), as a privilege of citizenship, and therefore might have been applied to the states under the Privileges or Immunities Clause of Amendment XIV, as J. Stewart wanted.) Excerpted from Shapiro v. Thompson on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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United States Supreme Court

394 U.S. 618

Shapiro  v.  Thompson

United States District Court for the District of Connecticut

No. 9  Argued: October 23 and 24, 1968 --- Decided: April 21, 1969

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Francis J. MacGregor, Fairfield, Conn., Richard W. Barton, Washington, D.C., and William C. Sennett, Harrisburg, Pa., for appellants.

Archibald Cox, Washington, D.C., for appellees.

Lorna L. Williams, Sp. Asst. Atty. Gen., Des Moines, Iowa, for State or Iowa, as amicus curiae.

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Mr. Justice BRENNAN delivered the opinion of the Court.


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