O'Connor v. Donaldson
Significance, Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, Further Readings
Dr. J. B. O'Connor
That O'Connor, as the representative of the Florida State Hospital at Chattahoochee, had violated Donaldson's constitutional rights by keeping him in custody against his will for nearly 15 years for his supposed mental illness.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
Raymond W. Gearney
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Bruce J. Ennis, Jr.
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger, William O. Douglas, Thurgood Marshall, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, Potter Stewart (writing for the Court), Byron R. White
Date of Decision
26 June 1975
In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Donaldson possessed certain constitutional rights, and that he could gather damages from individuals who had taken away his rights.
- Minnesota ex rel Pearson v. Probate Court, 309 U.S. 270 (1940).
- Shelton v. Tucker, 364 U.S. 479 (1960).
- In re Gault, 387 U.S. 1 (1967).
- Cohen v. Caligornia, 403 U.S. 15 (1971).
- McKeiver v. Pennsylvania, 403 U.S. 528 (1971).
Department of Education. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, http://www.civilrights.com/idea.html, www.edweek.org/context/glossary/idea.htm.
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