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Tilton v. Richardson

403 U.S. 672 (1971)

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Tilton v. Richardson

United States Supreme Court

403 U.S. 672 (1971)

Facts

A group of citizens and taxpayers of the United States and residents of Connecticut (the group) (plaintiffs) filed suit in federal court for injunctive relief against the officials who administered the Higher Education Facilities Act of 1963. The group also named as defendants four church-related Connecticut colleges and universities that received Title I grants for libraries; a music, drama, and arts building; and a language laboratory at those institutions. The group challenged whether the act authorized aid to such church-related institutions and, if so, whether the act violated either the Establishment or Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment. The district court, in a three-judge panel convened under 28 U.S.C. 2282 and 2284, held that Title I authorized grants to church-related colleges and universities and that the act was constitutional because it had neither the purpose nor the effect of promoting religion. The group appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Burger, C.J.)

Dissent (Douglas, J.)

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