Youngberg v. Romeo
Duane Youngberg, Superintendent, Penhurst State School and Hospital, et al.
Nicholas Romeo, an incompetent, by his mother, Paula Romeo
That the proper standard of liability is the Eighth Amendment, and that the Pennsylvania State Institution properly adhered to the standards of the law in treating the respondent's son, a severely mentally handicapped individual.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioners
David H. Allshouse
Chief Lawyer for Respondents
Edmond A. Tiryak
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, William J. Brennan, Jr., Warren E. Burger, Thurgood Marshall, Sandra Day O'Connor, Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (writing for the Court), William H. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, Byron R. White
Date of Decision
18 June 1982
Involuntarily committed retarded persons were held to have due process liberty interests requiring state to provide minimally adequate training to ensure safety and freedom from undue restraint.
- Ingram v. Wright, 430 U.S. 651 (1977).
- Hutto v. Finney, 437 U.S. 678 (1978).
- Harris v. McRae, 448 U.S. 297 (1980).
- "Due Process of Law; Incompetent or Insane Persons; Mental Illness." AIR Quick Index.
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