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United States v. Grace (docket #: 81-1863) (1983)  [Findlaw]

Argument Date 01/18/1983
Decided 04/20/1983
Supreme Court Vote 8-1
Note Sebastian Graber argued the case on behalf of his wife, defendant Mary T. Grace.
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim sustained.
IssueWhether a federal statute—which bans picketing and the distribution of leaflets on the public sidewalks surrounding the Supreme Court—violates the 1st Amendment.
Majority Opinion White, J. (joined by Burger, C.J., Brennan, J., Blackmun, J., Powell, J., Rehnquist, J., and O’Connor, J.)
Concurring Opinion Marshall, J. (concurring in part and dissenting in part)
Dissenting Opinion Stevens, J.
Lower Court DC Circuit
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim sustained.
Oral Arguments audio (Oyez)  [Oyez]
For Respondent
Sebastian K. D. Graber

For United States
Solicitor General Rex Lee

Opinion - Lower Court
Grace v. Burger, 665 F.2d 1193 (D.C. Cir. 1981)
"Constitutional Challenges of Government Polcies Restricted," New York Times, April 21, 1983, sect. A, p. 25
"Decorum at Issue," Los Angeles Times, September 18, 1982, sect. A, p. 1
"High Court Will Rule on Law Barring Pickets at Its Doors," New York Times, January 19, 1983, sect. A, p. 21
Federal Statute
40 U.S.C. sect. 13k

"Suing Burger In the Burger Court," Washington Post, November 7, 1982, sect. A, p. 1
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