Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status
From our private database of 18,300+ case briefs...

Moore v. City of East Cleveland, Ohio

United States Supreme Court
431 U.S. 494 (1977)



The City of East Cleveland (CEC) (plaintiff) enacted a housing ordinance that limited the occupancy of a dwelling unit to members of a single family. The ordinance narrowly defined the term “family” as encompassing only a few categories of related individuals. Inez Moore (defendant) lived in East Cleveland in a home with her son and two grandsons. Under the housing ordinance, this arrangement was outside the legal definition of “family.” Moore received a notice of violation of the ordinance from the CEC and when she refused to modify her living arrangement, Moore was charged with criminal penalties. Moore was convicted and sentenced to a fine and five days in jail. Moore appealed to the Court of Appeals of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, which sustained her conviction. Moore then appealed to the United States Supreme Court.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Powell, J.)

Concurrence (Brennan, J.)

Concurrence (Stevens, J.)

Dissent (Burger, C.J.)

Dissent (Stewart, J.)

Dissent (White, J.)

What to do next…

  1. 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 486,000 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.

  2. 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 486,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 18,300 briefs, keyed to 985 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.

Questions & Answers

Have a question about this case?

Sign up for a free 7-day trial and ask it

Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial