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Thorpe v. Housing Authority of the City of Durham/Concurrence Black

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United States Supreme Court

393 U.S. 268

Thorpe  v.  Housing Authority of the City of Durham

 Argued: Oct. 23, 1968. --- Decided: Jan 13, 1969

Mr. Justice BLACK, concurring.

The Court here uses a cannon to dispose of a case that calls for no more than a popgun. The Durham Housing Authority has clearly stated, both in its brief and at oral argument, that it is fully complying with the directive of the Department of Housing and Urban Development concerning notice to tenants of reasons for their eviction. The only possible issue therefore is whether the directive should apply to Mrs. Thorpe, against whom eviction proceedings were started prior to the effective date of the HUD memorandum but who is still residing in public housing, as a result of judicial stays. I agree, of course, that the directive should apply to her eviction. Nothing else need be decided.


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