Supreme Court Case

Supreme Court Appearance and Victory

US Supreme Court    Walker was the Libertarian Party of Georgia’s  candidate  for  Lieutenant Governor in 1994.  He and  another  LP candidate,  Sharon Harris,  filed suit in the United States District Court in Atlanta challenging a 1990 law that required drug testing of  candidates for  political office in Georgia. Zell Miller was Governor at that time, and so the case is known as Chandler v. Miller.  Walker created the pleadings, argued in the District  Court,  and appealed its erroneous decision to the  Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals where he lost  on a 2-1 decision.  Mr. Chandler reasoned that the law was a violation of the 4th Amendment’s prohibition of warantless searches and seizures.   He then filed a Writ of Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court and personally argued his own case in that court  in January of  1997.  You can hear  his argument (and the laughter it elicited) at : http://www.oyez.org/cases/1990-1999/1996/1996_96_126#argument.  The court  ruled  8-1 in Walker’s favor as he  fought  for your privacy rights. The case’s legal elements are summarized at Chandler v. Miller  520 U.S. 305.

Only a few men in the history of our country have  brought, shepherded,  argued and  won their own cases all the way up to the Supreme Court.