Skinner v. Oklahoma

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Skinner v. Oklahoma
Court Supreme Court of the United States
Citation
Date decided June 1, 1942
Appealed from Oklahoma Supreme Court
Overturned Buck v. Bell

Facts

Jack Skinner stole some chickens in the 1930s in Oklahoma. It was his 3rd theft. He was ordered to be sterilized as punishment because of the 3-strike law in effect in Oklahoma at the time.

Arguments

Harlan Stone argued that Skinner's due process rights had been violated.

Holding

In spite of Skinner's habitual thievery, his right to procreate under the Equal Protection clause in the 14th Amendment have been violated.

Reasons

This decision is influenced by the negative association of sterilization with Nazi Germany in the 1930s and early 1940s.

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