Hastings Law Journal


United States v. Atherton involved a local draft board's denial, on erroneous legal grounds, of a registrant's application to be classified as a conscientious objector. The Selective Service Appeals Board affirmed the local board's decision without comment. The Ninth Circuit reversed the administrative classification decision despite the apparent existence of a basis in fact in the record for doubting the sincerity of the registrant's conscientious opposition to military service.

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