Monthly Archives: March 2015

On This Date in Legal History

On March 31, 1976, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether the death penalty constitutes cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment.  You can listen to the Court proceedings  in the case Gregg v. … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

For 12 years Chae Chan Ping, a Chinese immigrant, lived and worked as a laborer in San Francisco. In 1887 he returned to China for a visit. Prior to leaving the States he obtained a certificate that confirmed his right … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

In 1944 Irene Amos Morgan, an African American woman, was traveling on a bus in Virginia (on her way to Maryland) when she was asked by the driver to give up her seat for a white passenger. He requested that … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Justice O’Connor

On this date in 1930 Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was born in El Paso, Texas. Read more about her @ http://www.lawsuitgame.com/blog/?p=2480#sthash.KrT4cNfd.dpbs.

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Florida Supreme Court Finds Juveniles Ought to Be Treated Differently at Sentencing

This past week the Supreme Court of Florida addressed the issue of whether it’s constitutional for a seventeen year-old convicted of three non-homicide offences to be sentenced to 90 years in prison without any meaningful opportunity for release. In the … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History 

In 1979 Joe Hogan applied for admission to the School of Nursing at Mississippi University for Women.  He was seeking to obtain a bachelors degree in nursing, but the University had a single-sex admission policy.  They only admitted women. He … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

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 … Continue reading

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On This Day in Legal History

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

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On This Date in Legal History

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

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On This Day in Legal History

On this date in 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 … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 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 … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Justice Ginsburg

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

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Justice Breyer Speaks at a NYC Event

This past week Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman spoke with Justice Stephen Breyer at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.  The Justice discussed the inner workings of the Court, several noteworthy cases and the value of oral argument. … Continue reading

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Defining “Natural born Citizen” in Article II of our Constitution

Article II of our Constitution places certain limitations on who can serve as President of the United States. A President must (1) be at least 35 years old; (2) have lived in the United States for 14 years; and (3) … Continue reading

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In The News This Week

A criminal defendant sentenced to death in Virginia is automatically assigned to “death row” at Sussex 1 State Prison. The State forecloses alternative housing arrangments for those convicted of capital murder. On death row prisoners are assigned to single cells. … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 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 … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Justice Scalia

On this date in 1936 Justice Antonin Scalia was born.  To learn more about the Supreme Court Justice go to http://www.supremecourt.gov/about/biographies.aspx.

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1964 the United States Supreme Court decided New York Times v. Sullivan. This landmark decision revamped defamation law and provided further safeguards for freedom of the press and of speech.  Read more @ http://www.lawsuitgame.com/blog/?p=3007#sthash.I6ZYQMR3.dpbs.  To hear … Continue reading

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March is Women’s History Month

Happy Women’s History Month! Learn more @ http://www.lawsuitgame.com/blog/?s=international+womens+day#sthash.CFOPNExQ.dpbs.

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 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 … Continue reading

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