Schick v. Reed

LOCATION:Chicago, Illinois

DOCKET NO.: 73-5677
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1972-1975)
LOWER COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

CITATION: 419 US 256 (1974)
ARGUED: Oct 23, 1974
DECIDED: Dec 23, 1974

Homer E. Moyer, Jr. – for petitioner, pro hac vice, by special leave of Court
Louis F. Claiborne – for respondents

Facts of the case

Schick, a master sergeant in the Army, was convicted of murder in a military court and sentenced to death in 1954. President Eisenhower intervened and commuted his sentence in 1960, reducing it to life imprisonment without parole.


Did Eisenhower exceed his powers to commute criminal sentences?

Media for Schick v. Reed

Audio Transcription for Oral Argument – October 23, 1974 in Schick v. Reed

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement – December 23, 1974 in Schick v. Reed

Warren E. Burger:

I have the opinion — judgment and opinion of the Court to announce in 73-5677, Schick against Reed, Chairman of the Parole Board.

For reasons stated in an opinion filed this morning, the judgment of the Court of Appeals is affirmed.