less than 1 minute read

Poe v. Ullman

Appellant's Claim, Significance, Justiciability Of The Claim, Defining The Right To Privacy


Paul and Pauline Poe, et al.


Ullman, State's Attorney

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Fowler W. Harper

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Raymond J. Cannon

Justices for the Court

William J. Brennan, Jr., Tom C. Clark, Felix Frankfurter (writing for the Court), Earl Warren, Charles Evans Whittaker

Justices Dissenting

Hugo Lafayette Black, William O. Douglas, John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

19 June 1961


In a 5-4 decision, the Court dismissed the case with no determination upon the constitutionality of the Connecticut anti-contraceptive statute.

Related Cases

  • Tileston v. Ullman, 318 U.S. 44 (1943).
  • Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479 (1965).
  • Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973).

Further Readings

  • "Lecture Summaries, Part 2, Politics 115a, Brandeis University. Fall 1997." http://www.brandeis.edu/departments/politics/lecture2.html
  • Wulf, Melvin L. "On the Origins of Privacy: Constitutional Practice." The Nation, Vol. 252, no. 20, May 27, 1991, p. 700.

Additional topics

Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationNotable Trials and Court Cases - 1954 to 1962