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Perez v. Brownell

Significance, Congress Can Seek To Limit "embarrassing" Actions, Fourteenth Amendment Guarantee In Jeopardy


Clemente Martinez Perez


Herbert Brownell, Jr.

Petitioner's Claim

That Congress exceeded its authority in enacting certain sections of the Nationality Act of 1940, which were used to deny petitioner his U.S. citizenship.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Charles A. Horsky

Chief Lawyers for Respondent

Oscar H. Davis; J. Lee Rankin, U.S. Solicitor General

Justices for the Court

William J. Brennan, Jr., Harold Burton, Tom C. Clark, Felix Frankfurter (writing for the Court), John Marshall Harlan II,

Justices Dissenting

Hugo Lafayette Black, William O. Douglas, Earl Warren, Charles Evans Whittaker


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

31 March 1958


Petitioner's claim denied.

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  • Bailey v. Alabama, 219 U.S. 219 (1911).
  • United States v. Curtiss-Wright Export Corp., 299 U.S. 304 (1936).

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