Foley v. Connelie

LOCATION:New York State Police

DOCKET NO.: 76-839
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1975-1981)

CITATION: 435 US 291 (1978)
ARGUED: Nov 08, 1977
DECIDED: Mar 22, 1978

Judith A. Gordon – for appellees
Jonathan A. Weiss – for appellant

Facts of the case

Edmund Foley applied for a position as a New York state trooper. Although Foley was a legally admitted resident alien, state officials refused to permit him to take the examination. New York authorities relied on a statute providing that “no person shall be appointed to the. . .state police force unless he shall be a citizen of the United States.”


Did the New York law violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment?

Media for Foley v. Connelie

Audio Transcription for Oral Argument – November 08, 1977 in Foley v. Connelie

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement – March 22, 1978 in Foley v. Connelie

Warren E. Burger:

I have the judgment and opinion to announce for the Court in Foley against Connelie, the Superintendent of New York State Police and reasons in stated in an opinion for the Court filed this morning, the judgment of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York is affirmed.

Mr. Justice Blackmun filed an opinion concurring in the judgment, justices Brennan, Marshall and Stevens have filed or joined in separate and dissenting opinions.