Bishop v. Wood Case Brief

Facts of the Case

“A former police officer, whose employment had been terminated by the city manager of a North Carolina city without a hearing to determine the sufficiency of the cause for the discharge, brought an action in the United States District Court against the city manager and chief of police, contending that he had a constitutional right to a pretermination hearing because he was classified as a “permanent employee” under a city ordinance. The city ordinance provided that a permanent employee whose work was unsatisfactory was to be notified of his deficiencies and informed of how his work could be made satisfactory, that a permanent employee who failed to perform work up to the standard of his classification, or who continued to be negligent, inefficient, or unfit to perform his duties, might be dismissed by the city manager, and that any discharged employee who so requested would be given written notice of his discharge setting forth the effective date and reasons for the discharge. The District Court granted defendant city officials’ motion for summary judgment. On appeal, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed.”


Does a guilty plea inherently waive a defendant’s right to challenge the constitutionality of his conviction?



Case Information

Citation: 426 US 341 (1976)
Argued: Mar 1, 1976
Decided: Jun 10, 1976
Case Brief: 1976