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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.)
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