Legal Issues

Appellee Goldberg v. Appalent Kelly

Docket #62

397 US 254 (1970)

Procedural History:

John Kelly was the leader of a group of people who were receiving benefits through either the federal program Families with Dependant Children, or a New York State monetary housing assistance programs. Before John Kelly’s suit, it was commonplace for the State of New York to discontinue aid to citizens without any benefit of appeal or closer examination. Many of these citizens attempted to recover benefits, only to find a grueling appeals process that was not based on evidence, examination, or cross-examination. Kelly represented a large line of people who had not received notice before losing their aid. When John Kelly made it a Constitutional issue, and it was accepted as a case into the Supreme Court, the State of New York then tried to implement a hearing process.