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Foley v. Connelie

Decision, Significance, The Rights Of Immigrants, Impact


Edmund Foley


William G. Connelie, S. A. Smith

Appellant's Claim

Edmund Foley, an alien with legal permanent residence in the United States, claimed that his rights under the Fourteenth Amendment were violated because he was excluded by New York State statute from taking a preliminary state police examination.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Jonathan A. Weiss

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Judith A. Gordon

Justices for the Court

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

Justices Dissenting

William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, John Paul Stevens


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

22 March 1978

Related Cases

  • Graham v. Richardson, 403 U.S. 365 (1971).
  • Sugarman v. Dougall, 413 U.S. 634 (1973).
  • In re Griffiths, 413 U.S. 717 (1973).
  • Examining Board v. Flores de Otero, 426 U.S. 527 (1976).
  • Elrod v. Burns, 427 U.S. 347 (1976).
  • Nyquist v. Mauclet, 432 U.S. 1 (1977).

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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