Flores-Villar v. United States

Docket No.
Op. Below
Argument
Nov 10, 2010
Tr.Aud.
Opinion
Vote
4-4
Author
Aff'd by a divided Court
Term

Holding: An equally divided Court affirmed the decision of the Ninth Circuit upholding, against a constitutional challenge, a citizenship-transmission statute that imposes different standards for children born out of wedlock outside of the United States depending on whether the child's mother or father is a U.S. citizen. (Kagan, J., recused).

Plain English Holding: By a vote of four to four (because Justice Kagan was recused), the Court allowed the lower court's decision to stand; that decision rejected the argument that a federal law which establishes different standards for children born out of wedlock outside of the United States to obtain U.S. citizenship, depending on whether the child's mother or father was a U.S. citizen, is unconstitutional.

Judgment: Affirmed by an equally divided Court on June 13, 2011. (Kagan, J., recused).

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