Gomillion v. Lightfoot (Great American Court Cases)
Legal Citation: 364 U.S. 339 (1960)
C. G. Gomillion, et al.
Lightfoot, Mayor of Tuskegee, et al.
That the state of Alabama re-created the Tuskegee City boundaries to eliminate most African American residents, preventing them from voting in city elections in violation of the Fifteenth Amendment.
Chief Lawyers for Petitioners
Fred D. Gray, Robert L. Carter
Chief Lawyer for Respondents
James J. Carter
Justices for the Court
Hugo Lafayette Black, William J. Brennan, Jr., Tom C. Clark, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter (writing for the Court), John Marshall Harlan II, Potter Stewart, Earl Warren, Charles Evans Whittaker
Date of Decision
14 November 1960
Ruling that African American residents had a right to prove in court that the redistricting act was unconstitutional, the Court reversed the two lower courts' dismissal of the complaint.
Prior to this ruling, the...
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