LOCATION: White House
DOCKET NO.: 79-1003
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1975-1981)
LOWER COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
CITATION: 449 US 54 (1980)
ARGUED: Oct 15, 1980
DECIDED: Dec 02, 1980
James H. Harmon - on behalf of the Petitioners
William H. Kronberger, Jr. - on behalf of the Respondents
Facts of the case
Media for County of Imperial, California v. MunozAudio Transcription for Oral Argument - October 15, 1980 in County of Imperial, California v. Munoz
Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - December 02, 1980 in County of Imperial, California v. Munoz
Warren E. Burger:
The judgment on the opinion of the Court in the County of Imperial California against Munoz will be announced by Mr. Justice Stewart.
This case is here by way of the grant of a writ of certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
A federal statute known as the Anti-Injunction Act provides that, and I'm quoting, "A court of the United States may not grant an injunction to stay proceedings in a State court except as expressly authorized by Act of Congress, or where necessary in aid of its jurisdiction, or to protect or effectuate its judgments."
For the reasons stated in an opinion on file with the clerk this morning, we hold that the under the circumstances of this case, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit did not give sufficient deference to that statute.
Accordingly, the judgment is vacated and the case is remanded to the Court of Appeals.
Justice Powel while joining the opinion of the Court has filed a concurring opinion.
Justice Blackmun has filed an opinion concurring in the result.
Justice Brennan has filed a dissenting opinion which Justice Stevens has joined.
And Justice Marshall has filed a separate dissenting statement.
Warren E. Burger:
Thank you, Mr. Justice Stewart.