Brief Fact Summary. Richardson, the Plaintiff-Respondent (Plaintiff) sued Congress. He alleged that public reporting under the Central Intelligence Agency (“CIA”) Act of 1949 violates Article I, s 9, cl. 7 (the Act) of the United States Constitution (Constitution), the statement and account clause.
Synopsis of Rule of Law. Standing is denied to “generalized grievances.”
Repeated and essentially head-on confrontations between the life-tenured branch and the representative branches of government will not, in the long run, be beneficial to either.View Full Point of Law
Issue. Is taxpayer status sufficient to establish standing to bring suit in this case?
Held. No. Appeals court ruling reversed and remanded.
The Supreme Court of the United States (Supreme Court) applied the two-prong test developed in