The Law: Hairy Victory

Adults who yearn to clip the nation's longhairs keep running into a formidable obstacle: the U.S. Constitution. Take the school officials in Williams Bay, Wis., who insist that boys with shoulder-length locks distract other students from their studies. Last year the officials ordered two hairy boys, Thomas Breen, 17, and James Anton, 19, to get , haircuts or get expelled. Spurning both choices, the shaggy ones asked a federal district court to declare the order unconstitutional. When the court obliged, the would-be clippers continued their fight right up to the Supreme Court.

Last week the high court, perhaps too concerned with hairier...

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