Buchanan v. Warley

PETITIONER: Buchanan
RESPONDENT: Warley
LOCATION:

DOCKET NO.: 33
DECIDED BY: White Court (1916-1921)
LOWER COURT:

ARGUED: Apr 10, 1916 / Apr 11, 1916 / Apr 27, 1917
DECIDED: Nov 05, 1917

Facts of the case

Buchanan was a white individual who sold a house to Warley, a black individual in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville had an ordinance that prohibited blacks from living on a block where the majority of residents were white. Since 8 of 10 houses were occupied by whites, Warley was not allowed to live on the block. Buchanan sued Warley in Jefferson County Circuit Court to complete the sale. Warley cited the city ordinance as the reason for non-completion of the sale. The question went to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Buchanan alleged that the ordinance violated the Due Process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld the statute.

Question

Did Louisville's ordinance violate the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment?