No. 71-5656.

409 U.S. 413 (1973)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided January 10, 1973.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

George Charles Bruno argued the cause and filed a brief for petitioners.

Ronald Reichstein argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief was Joseph E. Cohen.

Solicitor General Griswold, Deputy Solicitor General Friedman, Keith A. Jones, Wilmot R. Hastings, Edwin Yourman, and Arthur Abraham filed a brief for the United States as amicus curiae urging reversal.

George F. Kugler, Jr., Attorney General, Stephen Skillman, Assistant Attorney General, and Joan W. Murphy, Deputy Attorney General, filed a brief for the State of New Jersey as amicus curiae urging affirmance.

MR. JUSTICE DOUGLAS delivered the opinion of the Court.

Wilkes,1 one of the petitioners, applied to respondent, one of New Jersey's welfare agencies, for financial assistance based upon need by reason of permanent and total disability. As a condition of receiving assistance, a recipient is required by New Jersey law to execute an agreement to reimburse the county welfare board for all payments...

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