Monthly Archives: January 2017

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On January 31, 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. Read … Continue reading

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

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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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On January 27-28, 1919, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Debs v. United States. The case arose after Eugene Debs gave a speech on June 16, 1918, intending to encourage others not to join … Continue reading

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Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.

On January 27, 1955, John Roberts was born.  Learn more about our Chief Justice at https://goo.gl/sXs5DZ and https://goo.gl/I5LJYA.

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

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On January 25-26, 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 (or fee) … Continue reading

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Remembering Justice Thurgood Marshall

On January 24, 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 watch Biography at http://goo.gl/cfB6FR.

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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 mother’s life) was unconstitutional.

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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 found Billy Taylor guilty of a serious criminal offense. Taylor alleged that his right to an impartial jury was violated. In … 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, William O. Douglas passed away. From 1939-1975, he served on the Supreme Court. Watch this informative piece about him at https://goo.gl/I63lRd, and learn about his judicial philosophy.

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On January 18, 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 convicted federal offenders. These … 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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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today we honor civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Watch this news clip of President Reagan signing into law the bill making Martin Luther King’s birthday a federal holiday at https://goo.gl/ps6sXe. You can learn more about the bill’s history … Continue reading

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A teacher caught a student smoking cigarettes in the high school restroom—which violated school policy. When questioned by the Assistant Vice Principal, she denied it, and said she never smoked. The Assistant Vice Principal insisted on searching her purse, where … Continue reading

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Associate Justice Henry Baldwin

On January 14, 1780, Henry Baldwin was born. From 1830-1844, he served as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. Read an interesting bio of him at https://goo.gl/20Amtz, and learn about the law school he attended (known as “America’s … Continue reading

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Salmon Portland Chase

On January 13, 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 1864 … 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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