Author: Robert G. Shelton


Notice of Appeal (October 3, 1924)

R. G. Shelton, on behalf of Carrie Buck, appeals Buck’s sterilization order to the Amherst County Circuit Court. Buck was an inmate at the Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feeble-Minded in Madison Heights, near Lynchburg. Shelton’s appeal, at the behest of the colony’s superintendent, A. S. Priddy, was designed to test the legality of a Virginia law authorizing such sterilizations. The appeal was eventually upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in Buck v. Bell (1927).