Massachusetts Board of Retirement v. Murgia

PETITIONER: Massachusetts Board of Retirement
RESPONDENT: Murgia
LOCATION: Massachusetts State House

DOCKET NO.: 74-1044
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1975-1981)
LOWER COURT:

CITATION: 427 US 307 (1976)
ARGUED: Dec 10, 1975
DECIDED: Jun 25, 1976

ADVOCATES:
Robert D. City - Argued the cause for the appellee
Terence P. O'Malley - Argued the cause for the appellants
Terence P. O’malley -

Facts of the case

Robert Murgia, although he was in excellent physical and mental health, was forced to retire at age fifty according to state law. Murgia had been a uniformed officer in the state police force. Murgia successfully challenged the mandatory retirement law in district court.

Question

Did the Massachusetts law violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment?

Media for Massachusetts Board of Retirement v. Murgia

Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - December 10, 1975 in Massachusetts Board of Retirement v. Murgia

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - June 25, 1976 in Massachusetts Board of Retirement v. Murgia

Warren E. Burger:

In 74-1044, Massachusetts Board of Retirement against Murgia, for reasons stated in an opinion filed with the clerk this morning, the judgment of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts is reversed.

Mr. Justice Marshall filed a dissenting opinion.

Mr. Justice Stevens took no part in the consideration or the decision of this case.