Monthly Archives: May 2015

Remembering Associate Justice Henry Billings Brown

In 1890 President Harrison nominated Henry Billings Brown to the United States Supreme Court.  He served on the Court until this date in 1906. He authored hundreds of decisions; however, he’s best remembered for writing the majority opinion in Plessy v. … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On January 24, 1968, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case United States v. O’Brien. The case arose after David Paul O’Brien, and three others, burnt their Selective Service registration certificates to show their opposition to … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 2009 President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court.  Prior to her becoming the first Latina to sit on the Court she practiced many years as an attorney, and served as a judge … Continue reading

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Today We Honor Our Fallen Heroes

On Memorial Day we honor the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our country. Take out time to remember the service members who paid the ultimate price to protect our freedom. You can read President Obama’s Proclamation—Prayer … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1870 Benjamin Nathan Cardozo was born. From 1914 to 1932 he served on the New York State Court of Appeals (initially as an Associate Justice, later as Chief Justice). In 1932 President Hoover appointed him to … Continue reading

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On this date in 1889 Mabel Walker Willebrandt was born. From 1921 to 1929 she was the Assistant Attorney General responsible for enforcing prohibition (the Volstead Act).  To learn more about this remarkable attorney, read Can This Woman Make America Dry, published … Continue reading

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Remembering Chief Justice Edward Douglas White

Chief Justice Edward Douglas White died on this date in 1921. He served on the United States Supreme Court for more than 27 years. He was the first Associate Justice to become a Chief Justice on the Court.  Learn more … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1896 the United States Supreme Court decided Plessy v. Ferguson. Associate Justice Henry B. Brown authored the decision.  Learn more about this case @ http://bit.ly/1L2nz0B.

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 2010 the United States Supreme Court decided Graham v. Florida.  The Court held that it was unconstitutional to sentence a juvenile to life without the possibility of parole for nonhomicide offenses.  Justice Kennedy wrote—“The Eighth Amendment … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1954 the United States Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education ordered the integration of the public schools.  Read more about this landmark decision @ http://bit.ly/1IFzrbt and http://bit.ly/1FruRNB.

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On February 7, 1946, Arthur Terminiello delivered a controversial speech at a Christian Veterans of America meeting.  In response to the views he expressed, protesters threw rocks, stones and bricks that broke windows and doors.  The police were unable to … Continue reading

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On This Date In Legal History

On this date in 1967 the United States Supreme Court decided In re Gault. The Court explained what procedural safeguards ought to be provided to a juvenile at a court proceeding. Read about this legal issue @ http://www.oyez.org/cases/1960-1969/1966/1966_116.

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On This Date In Legal History

On this date in 1969 former Associate Justice Abe Fortas resigned from the United States Supreme Court. To learn more about the Justice visit http://www.oyez.org/justices/abe_fortas.

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An Appeals Court Finds Facebook Postings & A Video Were Properly Admitted At Trial

On May 11 the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that a criminal defendant’s rap video and Facebook photos (of tattoos) were properly admitted into evidence at his trial. Circuit Judge Denny Chin, who authored the … Continue reading

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NSA’s Telephone Metadata Program Exceeds Congressional Authorization

Yesterday the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the Patriot Act, Section 215, never authorized the NSA’s bulk collection of phone records. You can read the entire decision @ http://1.usa.gov/1EhMDgh. Circuit Judge Gerard E. Lynch, … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1882 the Chinese Exclusion Act was approved. You can view the original document @ http://1.usa.gov/1mzgAVr,  and learn how this law restricted Chinese immigration by visiting our Pinterest page @ www.pinterest.com/LawsuitGame.

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On This Date in Legal History

Last year on this date the United States Supreme Court decided Town of Greece v. Galloway. The Court (in a 5:4 decision) held that reciting a prayer before a town meeting doesn’t violate the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. Read more … Continue reading

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On this date in 1959 the Senate confirmed Potter Stewart’s nomination to the United States Supreme Court.  Read more about this Justice @ http://bit.ly/1R9PL6N.

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A No-Political-Speech Buffer Zone Is Struck Down

This past week the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit decided Russell v. Lundergan-Grimes. John Russell, a landowner, sued several Kentucky officials alleging that his free speech rights were being violated. Russell complained that a Kentucky statute … Continue reading

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Chinese Exclusion Act

Take a look at our latest Pinterest page regarding the Chinese Exclusion Act @ http://bit.ly/1bpavpX.

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