Lebron v. National Railroad Passenger Corporation
Significance, An Important Reversal, A Dissenting Opinion, A Second Appeal, Impact
Michael A. Lebron
National Railroad Passenger Corporation
That refusal to place an advertisement on Amtrak's Spectacular billboard had violated his First and Fifth Amendment rights.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
David D. Cole
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Kevin T. Baine
Justices for the Court
Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony M. Kennedy, William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia (writing for the Court), David H. Souter, John Paul Stevens, Clarence Thomas
Sandra Day O'Connor
Date of Decision
21 February 1995
The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and held that Amtrak was a government agency. Therefore, Amtrak is part of the federal government subject to the free speech requirements of the First Amendment. As such, Amtrak could not prohibit political billboards from train stations.
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