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Constitutional Law Keyed to Cohen
Burton v. Wilmington Parking Authority
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Eagle Coffee Shop, Inc. signed a private lease in April 1957 with the Wilmington Parking Authority, a public entity, for use of space within a parking structure as a restaurant, dining room, banquet hall, cocktail lounge and bar and for no other use and purpose. In August 1958, Appellant parked his car in the building to use the restaurant, but was refused service. He filed an action seeking declaratory judgment alleging that he was refused service solely because he was a Negro, which violated his Fourteenth Amendment right to Equal Protection. Appellant Further claims that Eagle Coffee Shop must provide these rights it leases the place of the discrimination from the state, and through this lease it also assumes the Fourteenth Amendment responsibilities of the State. The trial court found for Appellant, but the Delaware Supreme Court reversed stating that the Eagle Coffee Shoppe was under no obligation to serve Appellant because of a state statute that allows the owner of a re staurant to refuse service to anyone they find objectionable. Appellant appealed.
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