United States v. Harris - Significance, Congress Lacked Power To Pass Law, Impact, Related Cases, Further Readings
R. G. Harris, et al.
A federal civil rights statute making it a crime for two or more persons to conspire to deprive another person of the equal protection of the laws or of equal privileges or immunities under the laws is constitutional.
Chief Lawyer for Plaintiff
Samuel F. Phillips, U.S. Solicitor General
Chief Defense Lawyer
Justices for the Court
Samuel Blatchford, Joseph P. Bradley, Stephen Johnson Field, Horace Gray, John Marshall Harlan I, Stanley Matthews, Samuel Freeman Miller, Morrison Remick Waite, William Burnham Woods (writing for the Court)
Date of Decision
22 January 1883
That the federal statute was unconstitutional. Therefore, the criminal indictment against the defendants was dismissed.
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