MORRISON v. OLSON

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Case Basics
Docket No. 
87-1279
Appellee 
Olson
Appellant 
Morrison
Advocates
(on behalf of Appellees)
(on behalf of the Appellant)
(as amicus curiae, supporting Appellees)
(as amicus curiae, supporting Appellant)
Term:
Location: Congress
Facts of the Case 

The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 created a special court and empowered the Attorney General to recommend to that court the appointment of an "independent counsel" to investigate, and, if necessary, prosecute government officials for certain violations of federal criminal laws.

Question 

Did the Act violate the constitutional principal of separation of powers?

Conclusion 
Decision: 7 votes for Morrison, 1 vote(s) against
Legal provision: 28 U.S.C. 49

The Court addressed a number of constitutional issues in this case and upheld the law. The near-unanimous Court held that the means of selecting the independent counsel did not violate the Appointments Clause; the powers allocated to the special court did not violate Article III; and the Act was not offensive to the separation of powers doctrine since it did not impermissibly interfere with the functions of the Executive Branch.

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MORRISON v. OLSON. The Oyez Project at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. 16 December 2014. <http://www.oyez.org/cases/1980-1989/1987/1987_87_1279>.
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