Monthly Archives: March 2014

When Did Women Acquire the Right to Vote?

On this day in 1875 the United States Supreme Court decided Minor v. Happersett. Virginia Minor, a Missouri resident, sued after she was prevented from registering to vote because she was a woman.  She alleged that her Fourteenth Amendment rights had … Continue reading

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Is it Illegal to Burn an American Flag?

On this day in 1989, the case Texas v. Johnson was argued before the United States Supreme Court.  The case arose after Lee Johnson was arrested for burning an American flag as a means of protesting President Reagan’s policies.  He timed the … Continue reading

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A Court Finds A Defendant Shouldn’t Have Been Tried Twice

A man was charged with several crimes.  His case was called to trial, a jury was sworn in, and witnesses testified.  On the second day, the judge announced that she was unable to be objective (after a certain incident occurred … Continue reading

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Cheer, Tumbling & Gymnastics Are The Focus Of A Lawsuit

A cheerleader was injured while practicing a tumbling routine during a college gymnastics class.  He sued the insurance company that issued the policy covering accidents during “practice sessions.”  The company argued that the incident wasn’t covered since it occurred during … Continue reading

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Today is International Women’s Day

In 1975, the United Nations began observing International Women’s Day.  Celebrating women’s achievements in the United States, though, dates back to the early 1900s. National Woman’s Day was first celebrated on February 28, 1909.  In August 1981, Congress passed a … Continue reading

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A School Can Prohibit Clothing to Keep Students Safe

Students were asked by their high school principal to remove, or turn inside out, their shirts bearing an American flag after learning about threats of an altercation during a Cinco de Mayo celebration.  The students were also given the option … Continue reading

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A Basketball Team’s Hair-Length Policy Is Found Discriminatory

A boy wanted to play on his high school basketball team but a precondition was that he keep his hair short, which he didn’t feel comfortable doing.  When he refused to cut his hair, he was removed from the team.  … Continue reading

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