LOCATION: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
DOCKET NO.: 87-920
DECIDED BY: Rehnquist Court (1988-1990)
CITATION: 486 US 414 (1988)
ARGUED: Apr 25, 1988
DECIDED: Jun 06, 1988
Facts of the case
Media for Meyer v. GrantAudio Transcription for Oral Argument - April 25, 1988 in Meyer v. Grant
Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - June 06, 1988 in Meyer v. Grant
John Paul Stevens:
The second cases, Meyer against Colorado comes to us from the United States that our opinion is unanimous in that case.
And in Meyer against Grant we also have unanimous opinion.
The case involves a Colorado statute which provides that a proposed constitutional amendment can be placed on the general election ballot if enough signatures -- as -- are obtained supporting the amendment.
The statute however provides that it's a felony to pay people to help circulate petitions.
And the Court of Appeals with the Tenth Circuit held that this provision violated the First Amendment and we agree unanimously and affirm its judgment holding that this statute violates the First Amendment.