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Landmark Cases

Case Name: Lawrence ROBINSON v. CALIFORNIA

Date, Location, Cite: 1962 CA
370 US 660
US SUPREME COURT

CA had a law against being an addict; Larry R. was convicted based on testimony of 2 cops who said he had needle marks and admitted addiction; he said was unconstitutional- Supreme Court agreed; can't make "status" a crime, Rx and punishment different goals- POWELL v. TEXAS had act of being drunk a crime, not alcoholism This case supported move to de-criminalize public drunks