A Moot Court Handbook
Edited By Paul I. Weizer
Appendix Seven: Sample Case Brief: Griswald v. Connecticut (1965)
Sample Case Brief: Griswald v. Connecticut (1965)
Griswold, an Executive Director of the Planned Parenthood League of Connecticut, and a medical doctor were convicted under a state statute that made counseling of married persons who sought to take contraceptives a criminal offense. The state fined each defendant $100 as accessory to the 1879 state statute prohibiting the dissemination of birth control to married persons. The defendants argued that the state law interfered with a right to privacy. The Court had previously heard a challenge to this same statute in Poe v. Ullman (1961) but had refused to hear the case because no one had yet been prosecuted.
Is there a right to privacy in marital relationships implicit in the Constitution despite the absence of specific language to guarantee the right?
If so, where does this right emanate from within the Constitution? ← 145 | 146 →
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