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Zemel v. Rusk



Louis Zemel


Dean Rusk, U.S. Secretary of State; Robert F. Kennedy, U.S. Attorney General

Plaintiff's Claim

That it is unconstitutional for the secretary of state and attorney general to limit the location of travel of a citizen of the United States.

Chief Lawyer for Plaintiff

Leonard B. Boudin

Chief Defense Lawyer

Benjamin C. Flannagan


J. Joseph Smith, Circuit Judge; District Judge Claire; District Judge Blumenfeld


U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut

Date of Decision

20 February 1964


That restrictions to travel, if made in a non-discriminatory fashion, were valid in the interests of national security.

Related Cases

  • Kent v. Dulles, 357 U.S. 116 (1958).
  • Aptheker v. Secretary of State, 378 U.S. 500 (1964).

Further Readings

  • Biskupic, Joan and Elder Witt. Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court, 3rd ed. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1996.
  • Hall, Kermit, ed. The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court. New York: Oxford University Press, p. 43.

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