Monthly Archives: December 2014

Today’s News

Read about the Juvenile Justice and Delinquincy Prevention Act in today’s New York Times @ http://goo.gl/yDTpNe.

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In The News

Should sentencing guidelines focus on rehabilitating or punishing juvenile offenders? The New York Times weighed in on the debate this week @ http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/20/us/judge-in-maryland-locks-up-youths-and-rules-their-lives.html?_r=0.

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Happy Bill of Rights Day!

On this day in 1791 the first ten amendments to our Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, became law.  I recommend you take a look at the amendments @ http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html#text.

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On This Date in Legal History

The Heart of Atlanta Motel refused to provide lodging to African American travelers.  It sought a ruling by the court that Congress overstepped its authority when it passed Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The Act prohibited … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

A Massachusetts law granted schools and churches the power to prevent businesses, within a 500-foot radius of their premises, from obtaining a liquor license.  After a church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, raised an objection to a restaurant obtaining a liquor license, … Continue reading

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Legal Definition of the Day: Grand Jury

A group of individuals summoned to evaluate whether a prosecutor has presented sufficient evidence to bring formal charges against a criminal suspect.

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On This Date in Legal History

Batson was a Black man accused of committing a felony.  At his trial the prosecutor removed all Blacks from serving on the jury, so he had an all-White panel.  He objected claiming his equal protection rights were violated, however, the … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On December 10, 1973, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Lau v. Nichols.  Non-English-speaking Chinese students claimed that the San Francisco School District failed to provide them with English instruction violating Title VI of the Civil Rights … Continue reading

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Today’s News

In today’s New York Times, learn about the woman and underlying facts behind the Supreme Court decision Mapp v. Ohio.  Go to http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/10/us/dollree-mapp-who-defied-police-search-in-landmark-case-is-dead.html?_r=0.

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1971 the United States Supreme Court decided Wisconsin v. Yoder.  This case arose because families that practiced the Amish and Mennonite religions refused to send their children to school after the eighth grade since their faith rejects higher … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this day in 1964, the United States Supreme Court decided McLaughlin v. Florida. The defendants were an unmarried interracial couple living together, even though Florida law banned “any Negro man and white woman, or any white man and Negro … Continue reading

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The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery on This Date

The 13th Amendment of our Constitution, which abolished slavery, was passed by the Senate on April 8, 1864, and by the House on January 31, 1865.  On February 1, 1865, the proposed amendment was sent to the states for approval. … Continue reading

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On This Day in Legal History

On December 28, 1958, a Howard University African American law student, Bruce Boynton, boarded a Trailways bus in Washington DC.  He was heading to Alabama, when his bus stopped for forty-five minutes at a Trailways Bus Terminal in Richmond, Virginia. … Continue reading

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On This Day in Legal History

The case of Weeks v. United States was argued before the United States Supreme Court on this date in 1913.  This case arose after Fremont Weeks was arrested at work. Around the same time, police officers entered his home without … Continue reading

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