Greer v. Spock
Significance, A Military Mission, A Long Court Battle, Discrimination Or Not?, A Dissenting View
Commander Greer, Fort Dix Military Reservation
Benjamin Spock, M.D., Julius Hobson, Linda Jenness, Andrew Pulley, et al.
That the Court should overturn two lower courts' rulings, which had forbidden him to interfere with candidates of the People's Party and the Socialist Workers Party as they distributed literature and held political meetings in areas of Fort Dix that were open to the public.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Robert H. Bork, U.S. Solicitor General
Chief Lawyer for Respondents
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E. Burger, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, Potter Stewart (writing for the Court), Byron R. White
William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, (John Paul Stevens did not participate)
Date of Decision
24 March 1976
The lower courts' injunctions were reversed, so that Commander Greer was free to ban pamphleteering and political meetings from the base if he so chose. He was not allowed to discriminate among candidates based on their political views, but he was permitted to ban some candidates if he thought they might threaten military discipline.
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- United States ex rel. Toth v. Quarles, 350 U.S. 11 (1955).
- Cafeteria Workers v. McElroy, 367 U.S. 886 (1961).
- Adderley v. Florida, 385 U.S. 39 (1966).
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- Houchins v. KQED, 438 U.S. 1 (1978).
- "High Court Limits Military Rights."New York Times, 25 March 1976, p. 29.
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