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Dellums v. Bush

Significance, Iraqi-u.s. Relations, A Congressional Duty, Impact, Further Readings


Ronald V. Dellums, et al.


George Bush, President of the United States

Plaintiff's Claim

That the president of the United States violated Article I of the U.S. Constitution and the 1973 War Powers Resolution by neither providing Congress with notice nor obtaining a congressional declaration of war before initiating a military offensive against Iraq.


Harold H. Greene


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

13 December 1990


Denied Dellums' request for an injunction against presidential military action by ruling that the dispute over massive U.S. troop build-up in the Persian Gulf region was not ready for judicial attention.

Related Cases

  • Mitchell v. Laird, 488 F.2d 611 (1973).
  • Goldwater v. Carter, 444 U.S. 996 (1979).
  • Lowry v. Reagan, 676 F. Supp. 333 (1987).
  • Ange v. Bush, 752 F. Supp. 510 (1990).

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