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Chandler v. Miller

Significance, Political Nominees Challenged Mandatory Drug Testing, State Cited Three Earlier Decisions Involving Drug Testing


Walker L. Chandler, et al.


Zell D. Miller, Governor of Georgia

Petitioners' Claim

That Georgia's requirement for a negative urinalysis to qualify for candidacy violated their constitutional rights under the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioners

Walker L. Chandler

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Patricia Guilday

Justices for the Court

Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (writing for the Court), Anthony M. Kennedy, Sandra Day O'Connor, Antonin Scalia, David H. Souter, John Paul Stevens, Clarence Thomas

Justices Dissenting

William H. Rehnquist


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

15 April 1997


The Court found that the state of Georgia violated the constitutional rights of the petitioner because the negative drug test constituted a suspicionless search.

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