Constitutional Law Keyed to Brest
Yick Wo v. Hopkins
San Francisco enacted an ordinance that made it illegal to operate a laundry that was not constructed of stone or brick without the consent of the board of supervisors. The supervisors granted whites permission to operate such laundries, but denied permission to Chinese immigrants. Defendant operated a laundry without permission and was arrested and convicted of violating this ordinance. He appealed his conviction, arguing that the law was being applied in a discriminatory manner.
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