By Professor M. Jonathan Hayes
Issue: Does an individual have a constitutional right to a bankruptcy discharge without paying the required filing fees?
Holding: No. “There is no constitutional right to obtain a discharge of one's debts in bankruptcy.”
Justice Harry Blackmun for the 5-4 majority: Burger filed a concurring opinion. Stewart and Marshall filed dissenting opinions
The debtor was in really bad shape financially. He was unemployed and argued that he needed to file chapter 7 because one of his creditors, a former employer, was accusing him of fraud with respect to the debt and . . .
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