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  • Plessy v. Ferguson
  • Case facts
  • Question Before The Court
  • My clients rights were violated when he was arrested.
  • In May of 1896 a case took place on segregation and rights of African Americans.
  • Constitutional Application
  • Homer Plessy was arrested for sitting in the whites only passenger car when he was 7/8 white.
  • Petitioners Argument
  • Was Plessy's thirteenth and fourteenth amendment rights violated when he was arrested for sitting in the whites only car?
  • Respondents Argument
  • Southern states claimed that separate but equal did not violate the 14th amendment.
  • Amendment 14: States that states can not take away the rights of citizens.Or deny any person within its jurisdiction equal protection under the law.
  • Plessys argument is that he deserved the rights and privleges of white U.S citizens because he appeared to be white.
  • My client should receive rights of white men.
  • Ferguson argued that separate and equal was fare and it did not violate the constitution.
  • Separate but equal is fair.
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