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Reid v. Covert

Significance, Two Cases, One Outcome, Time On Covert's Side?


Curtis Reid, Superintendent of the District of Columbia Jail


Clarice B. Covert

Appellant's Claim

That a district court wrongfully issued a writ of habeas corpus for Covert, who was awaiting retrial on murder charges.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

Marvin E. Frankel

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Frederick Bernays Weiner

Justices for the Court

Tom C. Clark (writing for the Court), Harold Burton, John Marshall Harlan II, Sherman Minton, Charles Evans Whittaker

Justices Dissenting

Hugo Lafayette Black, William O. Douglas, Earl Warren, (Felix Frankfurter did not participate)


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

11 June 1956


Reserved the lower court's issuance of the writ.

Related Cases

  • McCulloch v. Maryland, 17 U.S. 316 (1819).
  • Missouri v. Holland, 525 U.S. 416 (1920).
  • Toth v. Quarles, 350 U.S. 11 (1955).
  • Reid v. Covert, 354 U.S. 1 (1957).

Further Readings

  • Hall, Kermit L., ed. The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
  • New York Times, June 12, 1956; November 6, 1956.
  • Nowak, John E., Ronald D. Rotunda, and J. Nelson Young. Constitutional Law, 2nd ed. St. Paul: West Publishing Company, 1984.

Additional topics

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