Monthly Archives: June 2015

States Can’t Ban Same-Sex Marriage

On Friday the United States Supreme Court held (in a 5-4 decision) that States can’t ban same-sex marriages– http://1.usa.gov/1QTtTz1. Justice Kennedy wrote—“same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry in all States…[and] there is no lawful basis for a … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Justice Sotomayor

On this date in 1954 Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor was born in the Bronx.  Read more about the Justice @ http://bit.ly/1FDtt3R.

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1992 the United States Supreme Court decided Lee v. Weisman.  Daniel Weisman sued his daughter’s public school to bar them from inviting clergy to offer invocation and benediction prayers at her graduation.  Weisman claimed that the … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 2003, the United States Supreme Court decided the case Grutter v. Bollinger.  Barbara Grutter was a white, female, resident from Michigan.  She sued the University of Michigan Law School after she was rejected.  She claimed that … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 2002 the United States Supreme Court held in Atkins v. Virginia that the Eighth Amendment prohibited the sentencing of a mentally retarded person to death. Justice John Paul Stevens, who authored the majority opinion for the … Continue reading

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Texas Can Reject Confederate License Plates

In a 5:4 decision the United States Supreme Court has held that Texas cannot be forced to issue license plates with the confederate flag. Read the entire decision @ http://1.usa.gov/1JWTN0G.

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On This Date in Legal History

On June 16, 1918, Eugene Debs gave a speech intending to encourage others not to join the military.  Debs was indicted and convicted by a jury for violating the Espionage Act.  The Act made it a crime to obstruct military … Continue reading

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Former United States Supreme Court Justice Stevens

There’s a great piece in the Chicago Tribune about former United States Supreme Court Justice Stevens–“Justice Stevens bridges past, future.”  The article covers a recent Chicago Bar Association meeting where Justice Stevens spoke about his life.  You can find it @ http://bit.ly/1QrsW0F.

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The International Criminal Court

Learn about the International Criminal Court by reading Somini Sengupta’s piece in today’s New York Times— “Lacking Support, International Court Becomes Not-So-Long Arm of the Law.”

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Today We Celebrate the Magna Carta’s 800th birthday.

Learn more about this “Great Charter” @ http://bit.ly/1SfwGzL.

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Today is Flag Day

Today we celebrate Flag Day.  You can read about the history of Flag Day @ http://1.usa.gov/SMCrvj or President Obama’s Proclamation for Flag Day and National Flag Week @ http://1.usa.gov/1G5b4xu.  

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The Landmark Case That Established the Miranda Warnings

On this date in 1966 the United States Supreme Court decided the landmark case Miranda v. Arizona.  Chief Justice Warren, who delivered the opinion of the Court, explained that suspects in-custody must be told– you have a right to remain silent. … Continue reading

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The 1967 Right to Marry Case

In 1958 Mildred Jeter, part Black and part Native American, and Richard Loving, a white man, married in Washington, D.C.  Afterwards, they returned to Virginia where they planned to settle down.  According to state law at the time, interracial marriages … Continue reading

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The Unsolved Alcatraz Escape

On this date in 1962 three inmates escaped from Alcatraz prison. You can learn more by visiting the National Archives’ blog, Today’s Document @ http://bit.ly/1KIoF3Y or our Pinterest page @ http://bit.ly/1IxFpbZ.

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 2001 the United States Supreme Court decided Good News Club v. Milford Central School. The case arose after Milford Central School (“Milford”) denied Good News Club’s request to conduct their weekly after-school meetings in their school … Continue reading

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Chief Justice Warren Earl Burger

President Richard M. Nixon nominated Warren Burger for Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed his appointment on this date in 1969. Take a look at the Congressional Record @ http://1.usa.gov/1I0aH8y. He was the 15th Chief … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1987 the United States Supreme Court decided O’Lone v. Estate of Shabazz.  Muslim inmates sued the Administrator of the Leesburg Prison Complex claiming prison policies impinged on their First Amendment rights.  Prisoners who were assigned to … Continue reading

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Remembering Civil Rights Activist Mary Church Terrell

Mary Church Terrell was an African-American civil rights activist. She fought to desegregate Washington D.C.  In 1949 she and others visited a segregated popular restaurant, John R. Thompson Co., Inc.  As expected, the restaurant refused to serve those who weren’t … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1965 the United States Supreme Court decided the landmark right-to-privacy case Griswold v. Connecticut.  Learn more about this case @ http://bit.ly/1JB1VSG.

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On This Date in Legal History

On this date in 1965 the United States Supreme Court decided Estes v. Texas. Billy Estes was arrested for swindling. His criminal pre-trial hearing, and later his trial, drew much publicity so he asked the Court to ban the media … Continue reading

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