Monthly Archives: January 2015

SCOTUS Justice Samuel Alito Was Sworn In On This Date

On January 31, 2006, Justice Samuel Alito was sworn in as the 110th United States Supreme Court Justice.  He was nominated by President George W. Bush to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.  Here’s the New York Times write-up from the … Continue reading

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Felix Frankfurter Was Sworn In On This Date

On January 30, 1939, Felix Frankfurter was sworn in as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.  There’s an excellent law review article about him– Aliens on the Bench: Lessons in Identity, Race and Politics From the First “Modern” … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On January 28, 1919, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case Debs v. United States. The case arose after Debs was indicted and convicted by a jury for violating the Espionage Act.  The Act made it … Continue reading

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Remembering Justice Potter Stewart

Potter Stewart was born on January 23, 1915.  Before ascending to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 1954, Justice Stewart received his undergraduate and law degree from Yale, was an officer in the U.S. navy, … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade.  The Court ruled that a Texas criminal abortion law (that permitted only abortions to save the life of the mother) was unconstitutional. To learn more go to … Continue reading

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On This Day in Legal History

On January 21, 1975, the United States Supreme Court decided Taylor v. Louisiana.  This case arose after an all-male jury (chosen from an all-male venire) found Billy Taylor guilty of a serious criminal offense.  Taylor alleged that his right to … Continue reading

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SCOTUS Says A Muslim Inmate Has A Right to Keep His Beard

Yesterday the United States Supreme Court ruled that prison officials could not force a practicing Muslim prisoner to shave his beard. You can find the opinion @ http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/13-6827_5h26.pdf.

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On November 2, 1983, President Reagan signed into law a bill making Dr. King’s birthday a federal holiday.  He delivered a speech that day which paid homage to Dr. King’s accomplishments that you can read @ http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=40708. You should also … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1989, the United States Supreme Court decided Mistretta v. United States. In Mistretta the Court held that Congress had the power to create the United States Sentencing Commission, an independent agency established to promulgate sentencing guidelines for … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History 

On January 16, 1919, the 18th Amendment was ratified, and exactly one year later it went into effect.  The Amendment prohibited the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors.”  In 1933, however, the 21st Amendment repealed the law and prohibition … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

A teacher caught a student, “T.L.O.”, smoking cigarettes in the high school restroom—which violated school policy.  When questioned by the Assistant Vice Principal, T.L.O. denied it, and said she never smoked.  The Assistant Vice Principal insisted on searching her purse, … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1988 the United States Supreme Court decided Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier.  The case arose after a high school principal redacted two articles from a school-sponsored newspaper.  Students sued the School District claiming their First Amendment … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

In 1946 Ada Lois Sipuel applied to the University of Oklahoma Law School, which was funded with taxpayer money.  She was an African American woman.  On January 14, 1946, she was denied admission solely on the basis of her race, … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On today’s date in 1919 the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the cases Schenck v. United States and Baer v. United States.  The cases involved Schenck and Baer, members of the Socialist party, who were responsible for distributing … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in ­­­­1964 the United States Supreme Court continued to hear oral arguments in the landmark case of New York Times v. Sullivan (which was consolidated with another lawsuit– Abernathy v. Sullivan).  Sullivan sued the Times for libel after … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1925 President Calvin Coolidge nominated Harlan Fiske Stone to serve as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. On February 5, 1925, the Senate confirmed his appointment. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. A transcription of the Proclamation can be found @ http://goo.gl/EZK7U.  The document declared, “all persons held as slaves…shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”

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