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Gregory Lee Johnson was arrested for burning an American flag as a means of protesting President Reagan’s policies. He timed his demonstration to coincide with the 1984 Republican National Convention in Dallas. The delegates were meeting to renominate Reagan for … Continue reading

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A West Virginia newspaper, the Charleston Daily Mail, published the name of a 14-year-old who was apprehended and taken into custody for allegedly shooting a classmate at school. Reporters were able to determine the name of the student shooter simply by … Continue reading

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The case Weinberger v. Wiesenfeld arose after a widower, Steven C. Wiesenfeld (“Wiesenfeld”) was denied his Social Security survivor benefits upon his wife’s death during childbirth. Wiesenfeld opted not to work (outside the home) in order to raise their child. His wife, … Continue reading

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When a special police officer, Dick Heller, tried to register a handgun in Washington, D.C., his application was denied. A law banned handguns in the home. (A lawful gun in a home had to be disassembled or locked.) Heller sued … Continue reading

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On March 17, 1777, Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney was born. He was the 11th United States Attorney General and the 5th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. He served on the Court for 28 years. He’s probably best remembered for … Continue reading

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On March 16, 1931, Aldridge v. United States was argued before the United States Supreme Court. The case involved a black criminal defendant, Alfred Scott Aldridge, who was charged with murdering a white police officer. At Aldridge’s trial, his attorney asked the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Justice Ginsburg!

On March 15, 1933, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (aka “The Notorious R.B.G.) was born in Brooklyn, New York.  Read more about the Justice at http://www.lawsuitgame.com/blog/?p=3182.

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Clarence Darrow was a prominent, brilliant, criminal lawyer. On March 13, 1938, he passed away. Watch the entertaining movie, Darrow, about this celebrated attorney.

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March is Women’s History Month

Celebrating women’s achievements in the United States dates back to the early 1900s. “National Woman’s Day” was first celebrated on February 28, 1909. In August 1981, Congress passed a joint resolution designating the week of March 7 as “Women’s History … Continue reading

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On March 11, 1943, West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette was argued before the United States Supreme Court. The case arose after the Board of Education required all public school students to use a “stiff-arm” salute while reciting the Pledge … Continue reading

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Eugene Debs gave a speech intending to encourage others not to join the military. He was indicted and convicted by a jury for violating the Espionage Act. The Act made it a crime to obstruct military recruitment during World War … Continue reading

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The Amistad Case

On March 9, 1841, the United States Supreme Court decided the Amistad case. The Court ordered the release of kidnapped African men brought to this country, by way of Cuba, to be sold as slaves. You can see the Court’s original Order … Continue reading

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On March 8, 1971, the United States Supreme Court decided Griggs v. Duke Power Co. The question presented was– could Duke Power require a potential employee to either have a high school education or pass an intelligence test, when neither criteria correlated … Continue reading

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On March 7, 1927, the United States Supreme Court decided Nixon v. Herndon.  The case arose after an African American living in Texas was denied the right to vote in a Democratic primary election.  A Texas statute stated– “in no event … Continue reading

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On March 6, 1857, Chief Justice Taney announced the United States Supreme Court’s infamous decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford. The Court held that African-American slaves (and their descendants) were not citizens; consequently, they had no standing to sue (for their … Continue reading

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On March 5, 1897, United States v. Wong Kim Ark was argued before the Supreme Court. The following facts were presented– Wong Kim Ark was born in San Francisco in 1873, and he continuously maintained a residence there. When he was around … Continue reading

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In 1943, James Girouard, a Canadian, filed a petition for naturalization. When asked if he’d “take up arms in defense of this country,” he said, “No (Non-cabatant) Seventh Day Adventist.” He did say, however, that he’d serve in the army … Continue reading

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On March 3, 1913, attorney Inez Milholland led a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington D.C. to draw attention to the woman suffrage movement. The suffragists were met with hostility. The police protection promised them was described as– “the flimsiest … Continue reading

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On March 2, 2011, the United States Supreme Court decided Snyder v. Phelps. Snyder, the father of a marine who died serving in Iraq, sued the Westboro Baptist Church (“Westboro”) and its founder, Fred Phelps, for picketing near his son’s funeral … Continue reading

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On March 1, 2005, the United States Supreme Court decided Roper v. Simmons. The case involved a high school student, Christopher Simmons, who confessed to a murder and was tried and sentenced to death. He was 17 at the time. The … Continue reading

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