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Sugarman v. Dougall

United States Supreme Court
413 U.S. 634 (1973)


Facts

A New York state statute prohibited aliens from being employed as civil servants in the competitive class. This prohibition applied to a wide range of positions, though not to elected offices or higher offices in state agencies. Several New York resident aliens (plaintiffs) now challenge the constitutionality of the statute.

Rule of Law

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Issue

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Holding and Reasoning (Blackmun, J.)

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  • A “yes” or “no” answer to the question framed in the issue section;
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  • The procedural disposition (e.g. reversed and remanded, affirmed, etc.).

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