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Pace v. Alabama
United States Supreme Court
106 U.S. 583, 16 Otto 583 (1883)
Tony Pace (defendant), a Black man, and Mary Cox (defendant), a White woman, were convicted under an Alabama statute for living together in a state of adultery and fornication. Alabama law outlawed adultery and fornication of any kind but prescribed a greater punishment if the accused were of different races. Pace and Cox appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court, which affirmed their convictions. Pace and Cox filed a writ of error, arguing that the Alabama statute conflicted with the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Field, J.)
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