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MISSISSIPPI v. FINCH, 396 U.S. 553 (1970)

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United States Supreme Court


No. 39

Argued: Decided: February 02, 1970

State of Mississippi's motion for leave to file complaint invoking Court's original jurisdiction fails to state claim warranting exercise of such jurisdiction.

Motion denied.

John Bell Williams, Governor of Mississippi, A. F. Summer, Attorney General, and William A. Allain, Assistant Attorney General, on the motion.


On February 2, 1970, the plaintiff filed a motion seeking leave to file a complaint invoking the original jurisdiction of this Court naming Robert Finch, individually and as Secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, and John N. Mitchell, individually and as Attorney General of the United States, as defendants.

The alleged emergent nature of the claims for relief led the Court to give expedited consideration to the motion and proffered complaint and, having examined the complaint, we conclude it fails to state a claim against either of the defendants warranting the exercise of the original jurisdiction of this Court.

Accordingly, the motion for leave to file the said complaint is denied.

MR. JUSTICE HARLAN took no part in the consideration or decision of this motion. [396 U.S. 553, 554]  

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