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Bernal v. Fainter
Citation:467 U.S. 216, 104 S.Ct. 2312, 81 L.Ed.2d 175 (1984).
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Plaintiff, a native of Mexico, was working as a paralegal for a legal aid group, helping farmers with employment and civil rights matters. Through the course of his job, he applied to become a notary. Under Texas law, a notary could authenticate written instruments, administer oaths, and take out-of-court depositions. Defendant denied Plaintiff’s application because he failed to satisfy the statutory requirement of U.S. citizenship. Plaintiff challenged the decision on Equal Protection grounds.
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