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Bradfield v. Roberts (docket #: 76) (1899)  [Findlaw]

Argument Date 10/27/1899
Decided 12/4/1899
Supreme Court Vote 9-0
Supreme Court Ruling Establishment Clause claim denied; Justice Peckham stated that "a law respecting a religious establishment" is not necessarily a "law establishing religion."
 
IssueWhether a citizen and taxpayer can sue to enjoin financial support by the commissioners of Washington, D.C. to Providence Hospital, a religious establishment, under the Establishment Clause.
Majority Opinion Peckham, J.
Lower Court Distict of Columbia Court of Appeals
Lower Court Ruling Establishment Clause claim upheld.
Lawyers
For Petitioner
Joseph Bradfield

For Respondent
Assistant Attorney General Hoyt and Attorney General Griggs

Ruling - Lower Court
12 App. D. C. 453
News
"Aims to Tie Up Funds: An Injunction Suit Affecting Catholic Institutions," The Washington Post, June 3, 1899, p. 12
"Anti-Catholic Suit Fails: Decision of United States Supreme Court as to an Appropriation," The New York Times, Dec. 5, 1899, p. 6
"Hearing Set for Bradfield's Protest," The Washington Post, Dec. 12, 1987, p. 2
"Hospital Case in Court," The Washington Post, Dec. 17, 1897, p. 1
"May Pay the Hospital: Congress and the Commissioners Sustained," The Washington Post, April 5, 1898
"Misuse of Federal Money: Its Appropriation for a Sectarian Hospital is Unconstitutional," The New York Times, Feb. 4, 1898, p. 3
"Providence Hospital Case Appealed," The Washington Post, April 6, 1898, p. 7
"Treasurer Roberts to Show Cause," The Washington Post, Nov. 23, 1897, p. 2
Other
Chemerinsky, Erwin, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (3rd Ed.) (2006), p. 1245
Commentary
Bradfield, Joseph, "Law in the Hospital Case: President Madison's Attitude Regarding Sectarian Appropriations Recalled," The Washington Post, Sept. 2, 1897
Books
Witte, John Jr., RELIGION AND THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL EXPERIMENT (2006), p. 107, 171
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