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Kelley v. Johnson
United States Supreme Court
425 U.S. 238 (1976)
In 1971, Johnson (plaintiff), the president of the Suffolk County Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, sued to challenge regulations established by Kelley (defendant), the former commissioner of the Suffolk County Police Department, pursuant to the Civil Rights Act of 1871, 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The regulations dictated the style and length of hair worn by male members of the police force. Johnson argued that the regulations violated his liberty interest that was guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment. The district court dismissed the case. The court of appeals reversed. Kelley appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Rehnquist, J.)
Dissent (Marshall, J.)
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