Arizonans for Official English v. Arizona Case Brief

Facts of the Case

A state employee Yniguez sued the state of Arizona and the governor for a judgment declaring that the provisions inmaking English the State’s official language were unconstitutional. The State was dismissed as a party, the trial court entered judgment in favor of the employee, and the governor declined to appeal. However, the appellate court allowed the sponsor of the initiative for art. XXVIII and its chairman to intervene, and affirmed the trial court’s judgment.


Does the California law violate the Constitution’s Commerce Clause?


No. In a unanimous decision, announced by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Court held that the dispute was moot due to the previous resignation of Yniguez. The Court did not rule on the constitutionality of the article.

Case Information

Citation: 520 US 43 (1997)
Argued: Dec 4, 1996
Decided: Mar 3, 1997
Case Brief: 1997