Branti v. Finkel
United States Supreme Court
445 U.S. 507 (1980)
Finkel (plaintiff) was one of nine assistant public defenders appointed under a Democratic majority in the state legislature. Finkel was terminated after the legislative majority shifted to the Republican Party. Finkel filed suit against the office of the County Public Defender (defendant) in federal court. The district court found that Finkel had been terminated exclusively due to his political affiliation and issued an injunction prohibiting his termination on those grounds. The public defender’s office appealed and the court of appeals affirmed the district court’s injunction. The public defender’s office petitioned the Supreme Court for review.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Stevens, J.)
Dissent (Powell, J.)
Dissent (Stewart, J.)
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