From our private database of 28,700+ case briefs...
Lawrence v. Texas
United States Supreme Court
539 U.S. 558 (2003)
Police officers were dispatched to the home of John Lawrence (defendant) in response to a report of a weapons disturbance. When the police went into the home, the police observed Lawrence and Tyron Garner (defendant) engaged in a sexual act. The State of Texas (plaintiff) charged Lawrence and Garner with engaging in deviate sexual intercourse with a person of the same sex. Lawrence and Garner were convicted by a Justice of the Peace and exercised their right to a new trial in criminal court. Lawrence and Garner argued that the statute was a violation of the Equal Protection Clause. The criminal court rejected the arguments, and Lawrence and Garner entered a plea of nolo contendere. The court of appeals confirmed the convictions, and Lawrence and Garner petitioned the United States Supreme Court for review.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Kennedy, J.)
Concurrence (O’Connor, J.)
Dissent (Scalia, J.)
Dissent (Thomas, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 546,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 546,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 28,700 briefs, keyed to 983 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.