Arkansas Writers' Project, Inc. v. Ragland

PETITIONER: Arkansas Writers' Project, Inc.
RESPONDENT: Ragland
LOCATION: Wisconsin Eastern U.S. District Courthouse

DOCKET NO.: 85-1370
DECIDED BY: Rehnquist Court (1986-1987)
LOWER COURT: Arkansas Supreme Court

CITATION: 481 US 221 (1987)
ARGUED: Jan 20, 1987
DECIDED: Apr 22, 1987

ADVOCATES:
Anne Owings Wilson - on behalf of Appellant
John Steven Clark - on behalf of Appellee

Facts of the case

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Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - January 20, 1987 in Arkansas Writers' Project, Inc. v. Ragland

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - April 22, 1987 in Arkansas Writers' Project, Inc. v. Ragland

William H. Rehnquist:

The opinions of the Court in three cases No. 85-1370, Arkansas Writers' Project versus Ragland, No. 85-1385 United States versus General Dynamics Corporation, and No. 85-1530 Brock versus Roadway Express will be announced by Justice Marshall.

Thurgood Marshall:

85-1370 Arkansas Writers' Project is an appeal from the Arkansas Supreme Court.

There the appellant publishes a general interest magazine.

Under Arkansas law general interest magazine are subject to sales tax.

The newspapers and religious professional, traed and sports journals are exempt from tax.

Appellant maintained that this was discriminatory tax issue in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

But the Arkansas Supreme Court rejected this claim.

We reverse the judgment of the Arkansas Supreme Court and remand for further proceedings.

Justice Stevens has filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment; Justice Scalia has filed a dissenting opinion in which the Chief Justice joins.