Monthly Archives: May 2016

On This Date in Legal History

On May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka ordered public schools to integrate, stating– “in the field of public education, the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are … Continue reading

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In 1912, Beys Afroyim immigrated to the United States and became a naturalized citizen in 1926. In 1950 he went to Israel, and the following year, voted in their elections. When he tried to renew his passport in 1960, the … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On May 28, 1982, Ishmael Jaffree filed a complaint on behalf of his children against teachers, administrators and school board officials in Mobile, Alabama.  The complaint alleged that his children were “subjected to various acts of religious indoctrination” at their … Continue reading

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Henry Billings Brown

In 1890 President Harrison nominated Henry Billings Brown to the United States Supreme Court.  He served on the Court until May 28, 1906. He authored hundreds of decisions; however, he’s best remembered for writing the majority opinion in Plessy v. Ferguson. … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

In August 1965 a law passed that made it a federal crime to destroy or mutilate a draft card. On March 31, 1966, David Paul O’Brien, and three others, burnt their Selective Service Certificates to show their opposition to the … Continue reading

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In 1960, African Americans brought a lawsuit to desegregate the public parks and recreational facilities in the City of Memphis. On May 27, 1963, the United States Supreme Court held in Watson v. City of Memphis that, “the continued denial … Continue reading

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On May 26, 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 for many years as an attorney, and served as a judge … Continue reading

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The Bail Reform Act

In 1984, Congress passed the Bail Reform Act. This legislation requires courts to detain persons charged with serious crimes, before trial, if the government can show they are a danger to society. Two men (detained pretrial) challenged the Act as … Continue reading

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Two Noteworthy Equal Protection Cases

On May 25, 1959, the United States Supreme Court held in State Athletic Commission v. Dorsey that a Louisiana statute, banning interracial prizefighting, violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. Five years later, on May 25th, the Supreme … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On May 25, 2006, a Houston jury found Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, former Enron executives, guilty of corporate fraud. They misrepresented Enron’s worth– losses and debts were hidden, and profits were inflated. On December 2, 2001, Enron, once the … Continue reading

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Benjamin Nathan Cardozo

On May 24, 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 the … Continue reading

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Mabel Walker Willebrandt

On May 23, 1889, Mabel Walker Willebrandt was born. From 1921 to 1929 she was the Assistant Attorney General of the United States responsible for enforcing prohibition (the Volstead Act). To learn more about this remarkable attorney, read Can This Woman … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On May 21, 1969, President Nixon nominated Warren Burger for Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  On June 9, 1969, the Senate confirmed his appointment in a 74-3 vote.  Justice Burger remained on the court for over 17 … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Justice William Brennan

On July 20, 1990, Justice William Brennan retired after serving on the United States Supreme Court for over 33 years. On October 15, 1956, President Eisenhower appointed him to the high court. In July 1997, he passed away, but his … Continue reading

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Remembering Chief Justice Edward Douglas White

On May 19, 1921, former Chief Justice Edward Douglas White passed away. He served on the United States Supreme Court for 26 years. He was the first Associate Justice to become a Chief Justice on the high court. More noteworthy, … Continue reading

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In 1890, the Louisiana legislature enacted a statute that required railroad companies in the state to provide equal, but separate, cars for blacks and whites.  The races were not permitted to sit in each other’s railway cars.  Any passenger who … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The Court unanimously held that the doctrine of “separate but equal” is inherently unequal, so it ordered the integration of … Continue reading

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On May 17, 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 non-homicidal offenses. Justice Kennedy wrote—“The Eighth Amendment does … Continue reading

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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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