No. 88-1048.

491 U.S. 95 (1989)

109 S.Ct. 2324

105 L.Ed.2d 74


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided June 15, 1989

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Kevin M. O'Keefe argued the cause for appellants. With him on the briefs were Charles W. Bobinette, Jess W. Ullom, and Murk D. Mittleman.

Simon B. Buckner, Assistant Attorney General of Missouri, argued the cause for appellees. With him on the brief were William L. Webster, Attorney General, Thomas W. Wehrle, Andrew J. Minardi, and Eugene P. Freeman.*

JUSTICE BLACKMUN delivered the opinion of the Court.

The Constitution of the State of Missouri provides that the governments of the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County may be reorganized by a vote of the electorate of the city and county upon a plan of reorganization drafted by a "board of freeholders." Appellants contend that this provision violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution because it requires that...

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