No. 86-98.

483 U.S. 574 (1987)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided June 25, 1987.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

William Watt Campbell argued the cause for appellant. With him on the brief was James R. Adams.

Mary Louise Barton argued the cause and filed a brief for appellee.*

JUSTICE STEVENS delivered the opinion of the Court.

The Pennsylvania statute governing proceedings brought against a defendant to establish his paternity of a child born out of wedlock specifies that the "burden of proof shall be by a preponderance of the evidence."1 This appeal presents the question whether a determination of paternity by that evidentiary standard complies with the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. We agree...

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