Attorney General of New York v. Soto-Lopez
United States Supreme Court
476 U.S. 898 (1986)
The state of New York, through its Constitution and civil service laws, afforded a preference in civil service employment to veterans who were residents of the state at the time they entered military service. Soto-Lopez was one of two applicants for civil service employment who sued the city of New York in federal court on claims that the preferential residency requirement violated constitutional right to travel and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The district court dismissed Soto-Lopez’ complaint. The court of appeal reversed and held the residency requirement unconstitutional. The state of New York (defendant) petitioned the United States Supreme Court for review.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Brennan, J.)
Concurrence (Burger, J.)
Concurrence (White, J.)
Dissent (O’Connor, J.)
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