COLEGROVE v. GREEN

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Case Basics
Docket No. 
804
Petitioner 
Colegrove
Respondent 
Green
Decided By 
Term:
Facts of the Case 

Kenneth W. Colegrove, a citizen of Illinois and a Northwestern University political scientist, brought suit against Illinois officials to enjoin them from holding an upcoming election. Colegrove argued that the congressional districts "lacked compactness of territory and approximate equality of population."

Question 

Did the Illinois congressional districts unconstitutionally violate principles of fair apportionment?

Conclusion 

The Court held that the Illinois districts were constitutional, largely because existing laws imposed no requirements "as to the compactness, contiguity and equality in population of districts." In a plurality opinion, Frankfurter declined to involve the Court in the districting process, arguing that the political nature of apportionment precluded judicial intervention. "The remedy for unfairness in districting is to secure State legislatures that will apportion properly, or to invoke the ample powers of Congress."

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