William O. Douglas: Dissent in Sierra Club v. Morton

(1972)

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If Griswold v. Connecticut is Douglas's most famous opinion, Sierra Club v. Morton is his most infamous. The U.S. Forest Service had approved the Walt Disney Corporation's plans to develop a $35-million ski resort in Mineral King Valley, California, adjacent to Sequoia National Park. The Sierra Club sued to prevent the development, and the Supreme Court ruled that the club, a “membership corporation,” lacked standing and thus could not bring the suit. The majority opinion, written by Potter Stewart, indicated, however, that a member of the...

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