Thompson v. Thompson

LOCATION:Federal Bureau of Prisons

DOCKET NO.: 86-964
DECIDED BY: Rehnquist Court (1987-1988)
LOWER COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

CITATION: 484 US 174 (1988)
ARGUED: Oct 06, 1987
DECIDED: Jan 12, 1988

Kenneth Rigby – on behalf of Respondent
Ronand W. Weiss – on behalf of the Petitioner

Facts of the case


Media for Thompson v. Thompson

Audio Transcription for Oral Argument – October 06, 1987 in Thompson v. Thompson

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement – January 12, 1988 in Thompson v. Thompson

William H. Rehnquist:

The opinion of the Court in No. 86-964, Thompson against Thompson will be announced by Justice Marshall.

Thurgood Marshall:

In this case, we affirm the judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to the effect that the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act does not provide an implied course of action in federal courts to determine which of the two conflicting state custody decisions is valid.

We concluded that the context’s language and legislative history of the act all indicate that Congress intended to extend full faith and credit requirements to the custody decree rather than to create an entirely new federal course of action.

Justice O’Connor has filed and opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment; Justice Scalia has filed an opinion concurring in the judgment.