Massachusetts v. Laird
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|Massachusetts v. Laird|
|Decided November 9, 1970|
|Full case name||Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Plaintiff v. Melvin R. Laird, Secretary of Defense|
|Citations||400 U.S. 886 (more)|
91 S. Ct. 128; 27 L. Ed. 2d 130; 1970 U.S. LEXIS 514
|Declined to hear the case.|
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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts challenged the constitutionality of the war. It passed a law stating that no resident of Massachusetts "shall be required to serve" in the military abroad if the armed hostility has not been declared a war by Congress. The attorney general of Massachusetts asked the Supreme Court to hear it's case to test the legality of the Vietnam War.
The Supreme Court declined to hear the case due to a lack of jurisdiction.
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