Reputation Not Protected As Liberty by Due Process Clause
Raup, James R.
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Discusses the Supreme Court case, Paul v. Davis. Davis was arrested for shoplifting. The case was filed for later disposition. Later the chiefs of police of Louisville and of Jefferson County distributed flyers entitled “Active Shoplifters” to area merchants. Davis’ name and picture was included. Shortly after, the shoplifting charge was dismissed. Davis then brought action against the two chiefs under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Eventually the Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeal’s judgement, concluding that one’s interest in reputation is neither “liberty” nor “property” and is not protected by the due process clause of the fourteenth amendment to the United States Constitution.