UNITED STATES v. RICHARDSON

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Case Basics
Docket No. 
72-885
Petitioner 
United States
Respondent 
Richardson
Advocates
(Argued the cause for the United States et al.)
(Argued the cause for the respondent)
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Facts of the Case 

Richardson, a taxpayer interested in activities of the Central Intelligence Agency, sued the government to provide records detailing the CIA's expenditures.

Question 

Does a federal taxpayer have standing to force the government to disclose expenditures of the CIA?

Conclusion 
Decision: 5 votes for United States, 4 vote(s) against
Legal provision:

The Court held that Richardson did not have standing to sue. Using the two- pronged standing test of Flast v. Cohen (1968), Chief Justice Burger found that there was no "logical nexus between the status asserted [by Richardson as a taxpayer] and the claim sought to be adjudicated." It was clear to Burger that Richardson was not "a proper and appropriate party to invoke federal judicial power" on this issue.

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UNITED STATES v. RICHARDSON. The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. 25 November 2014. <http://www.oyez.org/cases/1970-1979/1973/1973_72_885>.
UNITED STATES v. RICHARDSON, The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, http://www.oyez.org/cases/1970-1979/1973/1973_72_885 (last visited November 25, 2014).
"UNITED STATES v. RICHARDSON," The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, accessed November 25, 2014, http://www.oyez.org/cases/1970-1979/1973/1973_72_885.