DOCKET NO.: 17
DECIDED BY: Stone Court (1941-1942)
ARGUED: Oct 21, 1941
DECIDED: Nov 24, 1941
Facts of the case
At the height of the Great Depression, anyone who knowingly assisted a pauper in entering the state of California was guilty of a misdemeanor. A Californian named Edwards drove to Texas and then returned to California with his indigent brother-in-law. Edwards was found guilty of violating the state's "Okie law;" he was given a six-month suspended jail sentence.
Does the Calfornia law violate the Constitution's Commerce Clause?