Morris v. Gressette

PETITIONER: Morris
RESPONDENT: Gressette
LOCATION: Village of Arlington Heights

DOCKET NO.: 75-1583
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1975-1981)
LOWER COURT:

CITATION: 432 US 491 (1977)
ARGUED: Apr 18, 1977 / Apr 19, 1977
DECIDED: Jun 20, 1977

ADVOCATES:
Mr. J. Roger Wollenberg - for appellants
Randall T. Bell - for appellees
Turner -

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Media for Morris v. Gressette

Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - April 19, 1977 in Morris v. Gressette
Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - April 18, 1977 in Morris v. Gressette

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - June 20, 1977 in Morris v. Gressette

Lewis F. Powell, Jr.:

I also have to announce to the Court the decision in the case of Morris against Gressette coming to us from a three-judge District Court in South Carolina.

This case presents a rather technical issue under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

The issue consents a scope of judicial review where the Attorney General failed to interpose under that Act a timely objection to a reapportionment change in the laws of South Carolina.

In an opinion filed today with the clerk, we agree with the three-judge court that the Act does not contemplate the type of judicial review that was sorted in this case by the appellants.

Accordingly, the judgment of the District Court is affirmed.

Dissenting opinions have been filed by Mr. Justice Brennan, joined by Mr. Justice Marshall.

Mr. Justice Blackmun also has filed a dissenting opinion.

Warren E. Burger:

Thank you, Mr. Justice Powell.