United States Supreme Court
410 U.S. 614 (1973)
Linda R. S. (petitioner) was the mother of an illegitimate child who attempted to bring an action under Article 602 of the Texas Penal Code against Richard D., the child’s father who had failed to pay child support. Article 602 provided that “any parent who shall willfully desert, neglect, or refuse to provide for the support and maintenance of his or her child or children under eighteen years of age, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, shall be punished by confinement in the County Jail for not more than two years.” Linda approached her town’s district attorney to bring charges against Richard D., but the district attorney informed her that fathers of illegitimate children did not fall within the scope of Article 602. Thereafter, Linda brought an action in the district court on behalf of herself and others like her, to challenge the application of Article 602. Specifically, Linda sought an injunction to force the district attorney to bring an action against Richard D. The district court dismissed Linda’s suit for lack of standing and she appealed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari to review.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Marshall, J.)
Dissent (White, 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 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read 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. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 239,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,200 briefs, keyed to 189 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.