No. 78-1654.

445 U.S. 507 (1980)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided March 31, 1980.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Marc L. Parris argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the briefs was Charles Apotheker.

David MacRae Wagner argued the cause and filed a brief for respondents.

MR. JUSTICE STEVENS delivered the opinion of the Court.

The question presented is whether the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution protect an assistant public defender who is satisfactorily performing his job from discharge solely because of his political beliefs.

Respondents, Aaron Finkel and Alan Tabakman, commenced this action in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in order to preserve their positions as...

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