Monthly Archives: March 2016

On This Date in Legal History

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

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The 15th Amendment

On this date in 1870 Secretary of State Hamilton Fish certified that the 15th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified by the states.  The Amendment granted African-American men the right to vote.  Learn more at https://goo.gl/GH4Ywy and https://goo.gl/sNepQt.

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When Did Women Acquire the Right to Vote?

On this day in 1875 the United States Supreme Court decided Minor v. Happersett. Virginia Minor, a Missouri resident, sued after she was prevented from registering to vote because she was a woman.  She alleged that her Fourteenth Amendment rights had … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

In March 1897 the case of United States v. Wong Kim Ark was argued before the United States Supreme Court. The following facts were presented– Wong Kim Ark was born in San Francisco in 1873, and he continuously maintained a residence … 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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Sandra Day O’Connor

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was born in El Paso, Texas, on March 26, 1930.  President Reagan nominated her to the Supreme Court on August 19, 1981.  Take a look at the President’s letter at http://goo.gl/qGTGwf.  The United States … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On January 30, 1970, two police officers saw Valerie Goguen walking on a street in Leominster, Massachusetts, with an American flag sewn to the seat of his pants.  He was arrested for violating a Massachusetts law that prohibited treating the … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On March 24, 2009, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.  You can listen to the proceedings at https://www.oyez.org/cases/2008/08-205.  On January 21, 2010, the Court held in a 5:4 … Continue reading

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Remembering Florence Ellinwood Allen

On this date in 1884 Florence Ellinwood Allen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio Judicial System describe her accomplishments as a lawyer and judge as follows–  “She was the first woman … 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 degree in nursing, but the University had a single-sex admission policy.  They only admitted women.  He sued … Continue reading

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Is it Illegal to Burn an American Flag?

On this day in 1989, the case of Texas v. Johnson was argued before the United States Supreme Court.  The case arose after Gregory Lee Johnson was arrested for burning an American flag as a means of protesting President Reagan’s policies. … 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 Date in Legal History

The case Weinberger v. Wiesenfeld arose after a widower, Steven C. Wiesenfeld (“Wiesenfeld”) was denied his Social Security survivor 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 Date 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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On This Date in Legal History

From 1914 to 1932 Benjamin Nathan Cardozo  served on the New York State Court of Appeals (initially as an Associate Judge, later as a Chief Judge). In 1932 President Hoover appointed him to serve as an Associate Justice on the … Continue reading

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Remembering Clarence Darrow

Clarence Darrow was a prominent, brilliant, criminal lawyer.  On this date in 1938 he passed away.  Watch an entertaining movie about this celebrated attorney, Darrow, starring Kevin Spacey.

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In the News This Week

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held this week in the case of ACLU of North Carolina v. Tennyson that the state government can refuse to issue “Pro-Choice” license plates, even though it distributes “Choose Life” … Continue reading

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