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Cleburne v. Cleburne Living Center

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City of Cleburne


Cleburne Living Center

Petitioner's Claim

That the decision to deny the Cleburne Living Center a zoning permit was constitutional.

Chief Lawyer for Petitioner

Earl Luna, Robert T. Miller, Jr., Mary Milford

Chief Lawyer for Respondent

Renea Hicks, Diane Shisk, Caryl Oberman

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E. Burger, Sandra Day O'Connor, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, Byron R. White (writing for the Court)

Justices Dissenting

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


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

1 July 1985


The denial of a permit to the Cleburne Living Center was found to be based on prejudice and therefore unconstitutional.

Related Cases

  • Schweiker v. Wilson, 450 U.S. 221 (1981).
  • Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982).


Findlaw. http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/supreme.html. The Record Online, http://www.bergen.com/psouth/boardjc199807093.htm.

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