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Bishop v. Wood
United States Supreme Court
426 U.S. 341 (1976)
A police officer was removed from his position as an at-will employee of the city without a hearing. The former officer brought suit, alleging that his termination deprived him of a property interest in the form of an expectation of continued employment. The former officer also alleged that the stigma from his termination would make it difficult to obtain other employment, resulting in the deprivation of a protected liberty interest. Therefore, the former officer alleged that his termination without a hearing constituted a procedural due-process violation. The district court applied the state’s law on at-will employment, which did not require a hearing in the event of termination, and the court found no denial of due process. The court of appeals affirmed that judgment. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Stevens, J.)
Dissent (White, J.)
Dissent (Brennan, J.)
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