Pierce Cty., Washington v. Guillen

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Pierce Cty., Washington v. Guillen
Court U.S. Supreme Court
Citation 123 S.Ct. 720 (2003)
Date decided 2003


The respondent was killed at an intersection where funding had been requested for improvements but was denied. Congress had made a law that this information was not allowed to be admitted in court, because otherwise the states would be reluctant to admit that anything was wrong on certain roads.


Whether the Highway Safety Act which protects information compiled or collected in connection with certain federal highway safety programs from being discovered or admitted in certain federal or state trials is a valid exercise of Congress’s authority under the Constitution.


Congress has the proper authority.


Legislation aimed at improving safety in the channels of commerce and increasing protection for the instrumentalities of interstate commerce is constitutionally acceptable.