Jurisprudential homonyms

Today I was writing about the Supreme Court’s decision in Hicks v. Miranda, a 1975 Younger abstention case. This, of course, is only the Court’s second most-famous Miranda case. This Miranda, who was the plaintiff in the case, owned and operated a theatre in California trying to show “Deep Throat”.

This got me thinking: What are some examples of pairs or sets of SCOTUS cases featuring parties with the same or similar names, especially where one case is much more famous than the others. Note that I’m thinking of cases involving different parties who happen to have the same names. So this will not include the multiple habeas cases involving Louie L. Wainwright, the long-time Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections. Nor will it include Harry Connick, Sr., the long-serving District of Attorney for New Orleans, who helped give us execrable law in both public-employee speech and municipal liability. Different spellings are ok–for example, Ginsberg and Ginzburg.

Have at it in the comments.

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5 Responses

  1. Bush v. Gore and BMW v. Gore
    Black v. United States and Virginia v. Black
    Clinton v. Jones and Clinton v. New York

  2. (these I checked online)
    Brown v. EMA, Brown v. Plata, and Brown v. Board of Education
    Rumsfield v. Padilla and Padilla v. Kentucky
    Kansas v. Marsh and Marsh v. Alabama
    Burlington NOrthern & Santa Fe Railway v. White and Republican Party of Minnesota v. White
    Marshall v. Marshall (too easy?)

  3. Milbarge says:

    United States v. O’Brien (1968) — about burning draft cards and the First Amendment — I would say is significantly more famous than United States v. O’Brien (2010) — about the “machinegun” enhancement in 924(c).

  4. Matt says:

    Rumsfield v. Padilla and Padilla v. Kentucky

    The extra nice thing about this one is that the Padilla in both cases is Jose Padilla, though a completely different Jose Padilla.

  5. Trudy says:

    This one is about ballot initiatives instead of judicial decisions, but in California, there’s the Proposition 8 that deals with the exclusionary rule in criminal procedure, and the Proposition 8 that deals with same sex marriage.