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Salyer v. Tulare



Salyer Land Company et al.


Tulare Lake Basin Water Storage District

Appellant's Claim

Sections of the California Water Code are unconstitutional and in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Thomas Keister Greer

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Robert M. Newell

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E. Burger, William H. Rehnquist (writing for the Court), Potter Stewart, Byron R. White

Justices Dissenting

William J. Brennan, Jr., William O. Douglas, Thurgood Marshall


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

20 March 1973


California Water Code is not unconstitutional in allowing only landowners their votes in water district elections, or in allocating votes in proportion to land assessment values.

Related Cases

  • Reynolds v. Sims, 377 U.S. 533 (1964).

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.
  • Seidman, Louis M., Gerald R. Stone, Cass R. Sunstein, Mark V. Tushnet. Constitutional Law. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1986.

Additional topics

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