United States v. Richardson

PETITIONER: United States
RESPONDENT: Richardson
LOCATION: Central Intelligence Agency Headquarters

DOCKET NO.: 72-885
DECIDED BY: Burger Court (1972-1975)
LOWER COURT: United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

CITATION: 418 US 166 (1974)
ARGUED: Oct 10, 1973
DECIDED: Jun 25, 1974

ADVOCATES:
Osmond K. Fraenkel - Argued the cause for the respondent
Robert H. Bork - Argued the cause for the United States et al.

Facts of the case

Richardson, a taxpayer interested in activities of the Central Intelligence Agency, sued the government to provide records detailing the CIA's expenditures.

Question

Does a federal taxpayer have standing to force the government to disclose expenditures of the CIA?

Media for United States v. Richardson

Audio Transcription for Oral Argument - October 10, 1973 in United States v. Richardson

Audio Transcription for Opinion Announcement - June 25, 1974 in United States v. Richardson

Warren E. Burger:

I have the disposition to announce in 72-885, United States against Richardson, the case involving the question on the standing to bring a suit to the Federal Courts.

For reasons stated in the opinion of the Court filed today, judgment of the Court of Appeals under review is reversed.

Mr. Justice Powell has filed a concurring opinion; Mr. Justice Douglas has filed a dissenting opinion.

Mr. Justice Brennan has filed a dissenting opinion together with dissent in a related case to be announced.

Mr. Justice Stewart, with whom Mr. Justice Marshall joins, also filed a dissenting opinion.