Reed v. Reed Case Brief

Why is the case important?

The Petitioner, Ms. Reed the mother of a deceased child (Petitioner), alleges a statute that prefers males over females in the administration of an estate to which they both have equal claims, violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution (Constitution).

Facts of the case

“The Idaho Probate Code specified that “”males must be preferred to females”” in appointing administrators of estates. After the death of their adopted son, both Sally and Cecil Reed sought to be named the administrator of their son’s estate (the Reeds were separated). According to the Probate Code, Cecil was appointed administrator and Sally challenged the law in court.”

Question

Whether a statute that includes a gender based provision, preferring males over females to administer an estate, violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution.

Answer

Reversed. This gender-based classification violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution.

Conclusion

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  • Case Brief: 1971
  • Appellant: Sally Reed
  • Appellee: Cecil Reed
  • Decided by: Burger Court

Citation: 404 US 71 (1971)
Argued: Oct 19, 1971
Decided: Nov 22, 1971