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Constitutional Law Keyed to Shanor
Skinner v. State of Oklahoma
Citation:316 U.S. 535 (1942)
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Oklahoma deprives certain individuals of a right which is basic to the perpetuation of a race – the right to have offspring. The Oklahoma statute defines a habitual criminal as a person who, having been convicted two or more times for crimes amounting to felonies involving moral turpitude, is thereafter convicted of such a felony in Oklahoma and is sentenced to a term of imprisonment in an institution. Machinery is provided for the institution by the Attorney General against such a person for a judgment that such person shall be rendered sexually sterile. If the court or jury finds that the defendant is a habitual criminal and that he may be rendered sexually sterile without detriment to his or her general health, then the court shall make judgment to the effect that said defendant be rendered sexually sterile by the operation. Petitioner was convicted of the crime of stealing chickens and robbery with fire arms several times. The Attorney General instituted proceedings against him.
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