Blackledge v. Allison

PETITIONER: Blackledge
RESPONDENT: Allison
LOCATION: Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville, or “Walls Unit”

DOCKET NO.: 75-1693
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1975-1981)
LOWER COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

CITATION: 431 US 63 (1977)
ARGUED: Feb 22, 1977
DECIDED: May 02, 1977

ADVOCATES:
C. Frank Goldsmith, Jr. - for respondent
Richard N. League - for petitioners

Facts of the case

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Media for Blackledge v. Allison

Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - February 22, 1977 in Blackledge v. Allison

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - May 02, 1977 in Blackledge v. Allison

Warren E. Burger:

The judgment and opinion of the Court in 75-1693, Blackledge against Allison will be announced by Mr. Justice Stewart.

Potter Stewart:

This case is here by way of writ of certiorari granted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

The respondent, Gary Darrell Allison, an inmate of a North Carolina Penitentiary, petitioned to Federal District Court for a writ of habeas corpus.

The Court dismissed his petition without a hearing and the Court of Appeals reversed, ruling that in the circumstances of this case, summary dismissal was improper.

We granted certiorari to review the judgment of the Court of Appeals.

For the reason set out in detail in the Court's opinion, filed today with the clerk, we affirmed the judgment of the Court of Appeals.

The Chief Justice concurs only in the judgment and Mr. Justice Rehnquist took no part in the consideration or decision of the case.

Warren E. Burger:

Thank you, Mr. Justice Stewart.