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United Public Workers v. Mitchell

United States Supreme Court
330 U.S. 75 (1947)


Facts

Poole and other federal civil service employees (plaintiffs) seek a declaratory judgment that the Hatch Act violates the First Amendment by prohibiting them from participating in political campaigns. Poole violated the Hatch Act by engaging in political activity, and there is a proposed order for his removal from his position. The other plaintiffs have not yet violated the Hatch Act, but claim that they wish to do so by serving as party officials or writing articles in support of candidates, for example.

Rule of Law

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Issue

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Holding and Reasoning (Reed, 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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Dissent (Douglas, J.)

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