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Powell v. Alabama

Significance, "victims Of `capitalist Justice'", "you Can't Mix Politics With Law", "no More Picture Snappin' Around Here"


Ozie Powell, et al.


State of Alabama

Petitioners' Claim

That the group had been denied due process when they were convicted of rape.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioners

Walter H. Pollak

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Thomas E. Knight, Jr.

Justices for the Court

Louis D. Brandeis, Benjamin N. Cardozo, Charles Evans Hughes, Owen Josephus Roberts, Harlan Fiske Stone, George Sutherland (writing for the Court), Willis Van Devanter

Justices Dissenting

Pierce Butler, James Clark McReynolds


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

7 November 1932


That the petitioners' rights to due process had been violated.

Related Cases

  • Norris v. Alabama, 294 U.S. 487 (1935).
  • Patterson v. Alabama, 294 U.S. 600 (1935).
  • Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335 (1963).
  • Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966).
  • Argersinger v. Hamlin, 407 U.S. 25 (1972).


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

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