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Meyer v. Nebraska

Significance, From Language To Personal Liberty, Greater Impact For The Future, Academic Freedom And The Constitution


Robert T. Meyer


State of Nebraska

Appellant's Claim

That the state denied him due process, as protected by the Fourteenth Amendment, when it convicted him for teaching the German language.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Charles E. Sandall

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Mason Wheeler

Justices for the Court

Louis D. Brandeis, Pierce Butler, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Joseph McKenna, James Clark McReynolds (writing for the Court), Edward Terry Sanford, George Sutherland, William Howard Taft, Willis Van Devanter

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

4 June 1923


The Court reversed a lower court decision and found for the appellant.

Related Cases

  • Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965).
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Levy, Leonard W. ed. Encyclopedia of the American Constitution. New York: Macmillan, 1986.

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