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Palko v. Connecticut

Significance, Supreme Court Announces A "fundamental Fairness" Test For Constitutional Limits On State Power


Frank Palko


State of Connecticut

Appellant's Claim

That when the state tried him a second time for the same offense, it violated the constitutional prohibition on double jeopardy.

Chief Lawyers for Appellant

David Goldstein, George A. Saden

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

William H. Comley

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black, Louis D. Brandeis, Benjamin N. Cardozo (writing for the Court), Charles Evans Hughes, James Clark McReynolds, Owen Josephus Roberts, Harlan Fiske Stone, George Sutherland

Justices Dissenting

Pierce Butler


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

6 December 1937


The Supreme Court upheld the Connecticut law that permitted the state to appeal judgments, and retry defendants, in certain criminal cases.

Related Cases

  • Hurtado v. California, 110 U.S. 516 (1884).
  • Twining v. State of New Jersey, 211 U.S. 78 (1908).
  • Adamson v. California, 332 U.S. 46 (1947).
  • Benton v. Maryland, 395 U.S. 784 (1969).

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