No. 71-749.

409 U.S. 434 (1973)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided January 10, 1973.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Edward R. Korman argued the cause for the United States. With him on the brief were Solicitor General Griswold, Acting Assistant Attorney General Wood, and Alan S. Rosenthal.

Kalman Finkel argued the cause for appellee. With him on the brief was Leon B. Polsky.

MR. JUSTICE BLACKMUN delivered the opinion of the Court.

The Bankruptcy Act and one of this Court's complementary Orders in Bankruptcy impose fees and make the payment of those fees a condition to a discharge in voluntary bankruptcy.

Appellee Kras, an indigent petitioner in bankruptcy, challenged the fees on Fifth Amendment grounds. Upon receiving notice of the constitutional issue in the District Court, the Government...

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