Colegrove v. Green

Colegrove v. Green
by the Supreme Court of the United States

Colegrove v. Green, 328 U.S. 549 (1946), was a United States Supreme Court case. Writing for a 4-3 plurality, Justice Felix Frankfurter held that the federal judiciary had no power to interfere with issues regarding apportionment of state legislatures. The Court held that Article I, section IV of the U.S. Constitution left to the legislature of each state the authority to establish the time, place, and manner of holding elections for representatives, and that only Congress (and thus not the federal judiciary) could determine whether individual state legislatures had fulfilled their responsibility to secure fair representation for citizens. Excerpted from Colegrove v. Green on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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United States Supreme Court

328 U.S. 549

COLEGROVE et al.  v.  GREEN et al.

 Argued: March 7, 8, 1946. --- Decided: June 10, 1946

See 67 S.Ct. 118.

Appeal from the District Court of the United States for the Northern District of Illinois.

Mr. Urban A. Lavery, of Chicago, Ill., for appellants.

Mr. William C. Wines, of Chicago, Ill., for appellees.

Mr. Abraham W. Brussell, of Chicago, Ill., for Better Government Assn., amicus curiae.

Mr. Justice FRANKFURTER announced the judgment of the Court and an opinion in which Mr. Justice REED and Mr. Justice BURTON concur.


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