Monthly Archives: June 2016

On This Date in Legal History

On June 29, 1972, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Furman v. Georgia. Prisoners appealed their death sentences– claiming that the punishment, as applied to them, was unconstitutional. The Court agreed, and held–“the death penalty did violate … Continue reading

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Harlan Fiske Stone

In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge appointed Harlan Fiske Stone to be our fifty-second Attorney General of the United States. The following year, the President nominated him as an Associate Justice to the United States Supreme Court. The Senate confirmed his … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

In 1958, a New York school district required the following prayer be recited each morning in its public schools: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our … Continue reading

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On June 24, 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 practice … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On June 23, 2003, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of 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 the … Continue reading

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On June 22, 1970, President Nixon signed the Voting Rights Act Amendments, albeit with serious reservations. The legislation included a rider that lowered the voting age to 18. Read the President’s speech from that day at http://goo.gl/rz2oKW.

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In 1984, protesters gathered in Dallas, Texas, to voice objections to policies adopted by the Reagan administration. During the demonstration, Gregory Lee Johnson doused an American flag with kerosene, and set it on fire. He was arrested for violating a … Continue reading

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On June 20, 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 Court, explained–“We … Continue reading

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Former Chief Justice Fred Vinson

Fred Vinson was our 13th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Prior to his appointment to the Court he practiced law, was a congressman, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals, and he served in both … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

Louisiana passed the” Creationism Act,” also known as the “Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science in Public School Instruction Act.” The law forbade the teaching of evolution unless creationism was taught as well, in public elementary and secondary schools. Parents, … Continue reading

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Susan B. Anthony’s Trial

After Susan B. Anthony voted in the 1872 congressional election, she was arrested because New York State restricted the right to vote to men. Justice Hunt presided over her trial at the United States Circuit Court for the Northern District … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

On June 18, 2015, the United States Supreme Court held (in a 5:4 decision) that Texas cannot be forced to issue license plates with the confederate flag. You can read the entire decision @ http://1.usa.gov/1JWTN0G.

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Bible Reading Was Found to be a Religious Ceremony

On June 17, 1963, the United States Supreme Court decided School District of Abington Township, Pennsylvania v. Schempp. That case dealt with prayer in the public schools.  Under Pennsylvania law, at the beginning of each public school day, at least … Continue reading

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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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Today is the Magna Carta’s Birthday

Learn more about this “Great Charter” at https://goo.gl/2gSocT and https://goo.gl/wl61W5.

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Today is Flag Day

Today we celebrate Flag Day.  You can read about the history of Flag Day at http://1.usa.gov/SMCrvj ,or President Obama’s Proclamation for Flag Day and National Flag Week at https://goo.gl/hPyweW.  

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The Landmark Case That Established the Miranda Warnings

On June 13, 1966, the United States Supreme Court decided the landmark case of Miranda v. Arizona. Chief Justice Warren, who delivered the opinion of the Court, summarized the holding as follows– “[W]e hold that, when an individual is taken into … 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 June 11, 1962, three inmates escaped from Alcatraz prison. You can learn more by visiting Today’s Document at http://bit.ly/1KIoF3Y, or our Pinterest page at http://bit.ly/1IxFpbZ.

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On This Date In Legal History

On June 11, 2001, the United States Supreme Court decided Good News Club v. Milford Central School. The case arose after Milford Central School denied Good News Club’s request to conduct their weekly after-school meetings in their school cafeteria. The … Continue reading

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