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Board of Education v. Pico

United States Supreme Court
457 U.S. 853 (1982)


The Board of Education of the Island Trees Union Free School District (Board) (defendant) removed from the school library several books that the Board deemed “objectionable” and “improper fare for school students.” Several students (plaintiffs) sued the Board for violation of their First Amendment rights. The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York granted the students summary judgment. The court of appeals reversed and remanded the matter for a trial on the merits. The students appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Brennan, J.)

Concurrence (Blackmun, J.)

Concurrence (White, J.)

Dissent (Burger, J.)

Dissent (Rehnquist, J.)

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