In The

Supreme Court of the United States




Decided June 19, 1987

Justice O’Connor, Concurring in part and dissenting in part

Topic: Civil Rights*Court vote: 6–3
Note: No other Justices joined this opinion.
Citation: 482 U.S. 656 Docket: 85–1626Audio: Listen to this case's oral arguments at Oyez

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JUSTICE O'CONNOR, concurring in the judgment in No. 85-1626 and dissenting in No. 85-2010.

In light of the Court's decision to apply a uniform characterization for limitations purposes to actions arising under 42 U.S.C. § 1981, I agree that the most appropriate choice is each State's limitations period for personal injury suits. But see Wilson v. Garcia, 471 U. S. 261, 471 U. S. 280 -287 (1985) (O'CONNOR, J., dissenting). Although I doubt whether the Court's decision should be given general retroactive effect, I agree that the Court should adhere to its policy of applying the rule it announces to the parties before the Court. See Stovall v. Denno, 388 U. S. 293, 388 U. S. 301 (1967). I therefore concur in the judgment of the Court in No. 85-1626. I join Parts I through IV of JUSTICE POWELL's opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, as to No. 85-2010.

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