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Baldwin v. Montana Fish and Game Commission



Lester Baldwin, et al.


Fish and Game Commission of Montana

Appellant's Claim

That Montana's state game regulations violated Article IV, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Chief Lawyer for Appellant

James H. Goetz

Chief Lawyer for Appellee

Paul A. Lenzini

Justices for the Court

Harry A. Blackmun (writing for the Court), Warren E. Burger, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, Potter Stewart

Justices Dissenting

William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Byron R. White


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

23 May 1978


Montana's state fish and game laws were constitutional, and the appellant was not entitled to any relief from them.

Related Cases

  • Hicklin v. Orbeck, 437 U.S. 518 (1978).
  • Supreme Court of New Hampshire v. Piper, 470 U.S. 274 (1985).
  • Supreme Court of Virginia v. Friedman, 487 U.S. 59 (1988).

Further Readings

  • Biskupic, Joan, and Elder Witt, eds. Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court, 3rd ed. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1996.
  • Lund, Thomas Alan. American Wildlife Law. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1980.

Additional topics

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