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Massachusetts Board of Retirement v. Murgia
United States Supreme Court
427 U.S. 307 (1976)
Robert Murgia (plaintiff) was a uniformed police officer with the Massachusetts state police. The Massachusetts Board of Retirement (defendant) retired him at age fifty. Murgia brought a civil suit against the Board in federal district court on the grounds that his forced retirement violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The district court dismissed the suit, but the court of appeals reversed. The Massachusetts Board of Retirement appealed to the United States Supreme Court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per Curiam)
Dissent (Marshall, J.)
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