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Doe v. McMillan - The Supreme Court Ruling

Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationNotable Trials and Court Cases - 1973 to 1980Doe v. McMillan - Significance, The Lower Court Rulings, The Supreme Court Ruling, Legislative Acts Immune From Suit

The Supreme Court Ruling

On 29 May 1973 the Supreme Court issued its decision. By a narrow vote of 5-4, it affirmed the ruling of the Court of Appeals--but only with regard to the congressmen, congressional staff, and committee employees. Justice White wrote the majority opinion, in which he was joined by Justices Marshall, Brennan, and Douglas. The remaining justices, Chief Justice Burger, Justice Blackmun, and Justice Rehnquist, agreed with parts of the majority opinion but dissented on some points. The majority opinion rested on two main points.

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