Monthly Archives: January 2016

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On this date in 1919 baseball legend Jackie Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia.  He’s best remembered for his baseball prowess, but he was also deeply respected off the field for being a tireless and effective advocate of civil rights. … Continue reading

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On January 30, 2006, jury selection began in the  criminal trial against former Enron founder Kenneth Lay and CEO Jeffrey Skilling.  They were indicted on various charges, including criminal conspiracy, securities fraud and insider trading.  They were accused of misrepresenting … Continue reading

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Remembering Former President William McKinley

On this date in 1843 William McKinley was born.  Prior to becoming our 25th President he was an officer in the Army, a practicing lawyer, a Congressman and Governor of Ohio. Learn more by visiting his Presidential Library at http://mckinleymuseum.org/.

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In July 1977 policemen from Miami Beach were charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, grand larceny and possession of burglary tools.  They were accused of breaking and entering a restaurant.  They tried to prevent televised coverage of their trial, but … Continue reading

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On this date in 1966 the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections.  The Court was asked to decide if the State of Virginia could require their citizens to pay a poll tax … Continue reading

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Remembering Justice Thurgood Marshall

On this date in 1993 former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall (also known as “Mr. Civil Rights”) passed away.  He was a revered attorney, civil rights leader, and Supreme Court Justice.  To get a glimpse into his life and career … Continue reading

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Remembering Justice Potter Stewart

On January 23, 1915, former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart was born.  Before his appointment to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 1954, Justice Stewart earned his undergraduate and law degree from Yale, was an … Continue reading

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On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade.  The Court ruled (in a 7:2 decision) that a Texas criminal abortion law (that permitted only abortions to save the life of the mother) was unconstitutional. To … Continue reading

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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 an … Continue reading

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Chief Justice John Marshall

On January 20, 1801, President Adams nominated John Marshall to be Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. On January 27, 1801, the Senate confirmed his nomination. He served on the Supreme Court for 34 years. His judicial opinions, … Continue reading

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On January 19, 1980, former Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas passed away. From 1939-1975, he served on our highest court.  Watch this informative interview with him at https://goo.gl/I63lRd— he speaks quite candidly about his judicial philosophy.

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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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Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we honor civil rights leader Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King.  Watch this ABC news report that covered President Reagan signing into law the bill making Martin Luther King Day a federal holiday at https://goo.gl/ps6sXe.  You can learn more about … Continue reading

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Gary Duncan was charged with simple battery after allegedly slapping someone. He requested a jury trial, to no avail. He was found guilty and sentenced to 60 days in jail and a $10.00 fine. Duncan appealed his conviction claiming his … Continue reading

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On January 16, 1919, the 18th Amendment was ratified, and 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 ended. … Continue reading

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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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It’s Never Too Early to Get Ready for Law Day on May 1

“Like” our LAWSUIT!™ Board Game Facebook page & your name will be entered into our giveaway. On Law Day we’ll draw 2 winners & donate a LAWSUIT!™ board game to each winner’s favorite classroom. LAWSUIT!™ is a fun, educational, award-winning, … Continue reading

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Chief Justice Salmon Portland Chase

On this date in 1808 Salmon Portland Chase was born in New Hampshire. He was a respected politician and jurist.  He served as a U.S. Senator, Governor (from Ohio), and as Secretary of the Treasury during the Lincoln administration.  In … Continue reading

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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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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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