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Waller v. Florida

Significance, Motion To Suppress


Joseph Waller, Jr.


Earl Faircloth, Attorney General of the State of Florida

Petitioner's Claim

That a prosecution in a court of the United States is a bar to a subsequent prosecution in a territorial court, since both are arms of the same sovereign.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Leslie H. Levinson

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

George Georgieff

Justices for the Court

Hugo Lafayette Black, Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger (writing for the Court), William O. Douglas, John Marshall Harlan II, Thurgood Marshall, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

13 November 1969


The Supreme Court vacated the felony conviction against Waller and remanded the case to the District Court of Appeal of Florida.

Related Cases

  • Palko v. Connecticut, 302 U.S. 319 (1937).
  • Bartkus v. Illinois, 359 U.S. 121 (1959).
  • Reynolds v. Sims, 377 U.S. 533 (1964).
  • Benton v. Maryland, 395 U.S. 784 (1969).


West's Encyclopedia of American Law. Minneapolis, MN: West Publishing, 1998.

Further Readings

  • Biskupic, Joan, and Elder Witt, eds. Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court, 3rd ed. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1996.

Additional topics

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